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LGBTQ+ Life After COVID-19? Assessing Risk, Response and Recovery
June 18, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
There are multiple ways in which the LGBTQ+ community has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. LGBTQ+ people are disproportionately likely to have weakened immune systems due to HIV/AIDS, and to use tobacco. There are also large LGBTQ+ populations in many of the metropolitan areas that have been most affected by COVID-19. Older adults who are LGBTQ+ are especially at risk.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already led to discrimination against people who are perceived as being carriers of it. And many states have yet to outlaw housing and lending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These forms of discrimination will likely intersect in multiple ways as the pandemic continues.
This session will cover a broad range of subjects related to the LGBTQ+ community, and what measures can be taken to help the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. What protections are needed to help LGBTQ+ people find safe housing in the age of social distancing? What does economic recovery mean for the queer community, and what steps should be taken to promote inclusivity? What roles can government agencies, nonprofit organizations, lenders and other community stakeholders take on to help at-risk populations?
Sean Coleman, Executive Director, Destination Tomorrow
Karen Kali, Senior Program Manager, NCRC
Sydney Kopp-Richardson, Director of the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, SAGE
Sayief Leshaw, Program Manager, Stonewall Community Development Corporation
Jake Lilien, Compliance Program Manager, NCRC