COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ+ community. According to research, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans are more likely to become unemployed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Michelle Call and David Weisman of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance (GALA), and Jamie Woolf, chair of Tranz Central Coast, as they discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the LGBTQ+ community of the Central Coast, and how Pride is shifting it’s a celebration this year.
More than 5 million LGBTQ+ jobs have been impacted by Covid-19 thus far. These groups are most at risk for both economic and health impacts of COVID-19 due to physical and mental health disparities, discrimination, poverty, jobs they hold, and a lack of paid leave. Individuals with intersecting identities- transgender, black, disabled- are at the greatest risk.
Broadcast date: 6/4/20
Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.