“The untold side of COVID-19”: Struggle and perspectives of the sexual minorities.

Author:

Banerjee, D. and Nair, V.S.,

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Date:

2020

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Theme:

Gender and Pandemics

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Banerjee, D. and Nair, V.S., (2020). “The untold side of COVID-19”: Struggle and perspectives of the sexual minorities. Journal of Psychosexual Health, 2(2), pp.113-120.

The COVID-19 outbreak has threatened global public health and while every individual faces unique challenges, the LBGTQ community are particularly vulnerable. This article glances at the disproportionate risk related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the sexual minorities due to stigma and social discrimination which has impeded on their access to healthcare. The article also explores the psycho-social factors behind the same and highlights specific ways to mitigate these risks for better care. Adopting a rights-based perspective for the LGBTQ community through public health measures during such crises can help reduce stigma and promote their social inclusion.