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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

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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

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June 18, 2020
1:00 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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