The alarming ways the pandemic is hurting America’s queer workers

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Strategic advisory firm Brunswick has been conducting a weekly survey to learn more about US employees’ attitudes regarding the novel coronavirus, as well as their companies’ responses to the pandemic.
As Pride month ends, the firm’s most recent survey took a closer look at how the coronavirus has affected LGBTQ workers mentally, physically, and financially compared to all US workers.
Their results show LGBTQ workers are more concerned about the spread of the coronavirus than all US workers, and are more likely to report having to work a second job because of a loss of income during this time.
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While everyone is suffering from the economic fallout from the coronavirus, LGBTQ workers have been hit especially hard.

In an exclusive research partnership with Business Insider, business advisory firm Brunswick found that LGBTQ workers are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis when compared to their straight, cisgender colleagues.

The Brunswick report also shows that LGBTQ workers across the country have been more likely to lose their jobs as a result of the economic disruption brought on by COVID-19 lockdowns and social-distancing measures. This has had devastating consequences — from mental and physical health issues to weaker financial stability.

Prior to the pandemic, LGBTQ workers were already more marginalized in the workplace. A study by Glassdoor shows that about half of LGBTQ employees say they have experienced or witnessed discrimination at work.

As many states begin experiencing a new wave of COVID-19 cases, it’s important for managers to create inclusive workplace policies that can support marginalized employees.

LGBTQ workers face more mental and physical health issues

Baker and McKinsey’s LGBTQ+ workplace report shows that queer workers are more likely to face microaggressions, isolation, and discrimination related to their sexual orientation or gender in the workplace.

Before the US Supreme Court banned LGBTQ employment discrimination, a worker could be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. For this reason, some employees do not disclose their LGBTQ status. All of these issues, however, can increase what social scientists call “minority stress,” or the chronically high levels of stress faced by minorities.

Now, the COVID-19 crisis is bringing even more stress to LGBTQ workers. Findings from the Brunswick report shows that 50% of LGBTQ workers say their mental health has gotten worse as a result of the pandemic, compared to 39% of straight, cisgender US workers.

To combat these inequalities, it’s important to provide robust and inclusive workplace policies that support LGBTQ workers. This includes everything from health benefits that cover gender-affirming medical care such as hormone-replacement therapy to having a family-leave policy that treats all parents equally.

And the stress America’s queer community is facing isn’t just in the workplace. The social-support systems that LGBTQ people have fostered outside of work have also been disrupted. For example, when …read more

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