LGBT Foundation research: Hidden Figures – the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on LGBT communities in the UK 

In May 2020, LGBT Foundation published findings from the largest and most substantive research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on LGBT communities in the United Kingdom to date. 

Hidden Figures: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on LGBT Communities is a culmination of the findings from an online survey, existing research on LGBT health inequalities, and LGBT Foundation’s own unpublished service user data.

Key findings include:

  • 42% would like to access support for their mental health at this time
  • 8% do not feel safe where they are currently staying
  • 18% are concerned that this situation is going to lead to substance or alcohol misuse or trigger a relapse
  • 64% said that they would rather receive support during this time from an LGBT specific organisation
  • 16% had been unable to access healthcare for non-Covid related issues• 34% of people have had a medical appointment cancelled
  • 23% were unable to access medication or were worried that they might not be able to access medication

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