How You Should Read Coronavirus Studies, or Any Science Paper
by Carl Zimmer
The New York Times
This article provides guidance to our interested general public, on what to look for and how to understand any one particular article you may read.

LGBTQ People May Be More Susceptible to Severe COVID-19
CDC Report
February 2021

LGBTQ people may be more susceptible to severe COVID-19.  The report, based on data from the 2017-2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, shows that LGBTQ people are more likely than their straight, cis peers to have underlying health conditions which increase the likelihood of severe forms of COVID-19 and in particular LGBT people of color have disproportionately experienced the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.  Read the CDC report here or a summary by CNN

The Impact of the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Surge on LGBT Adults in the US 
Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law
February 2021

LGBT people of color have disproportionately experienced the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.  Among those tested, an estimated 15% of LGBT people of color have tested positive for COVID-19, compared to 7% of their non-LGBT white peers.  LGBT respondents were more likely than straight, cis respondents to report wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and being concerned about getting sick from COVID-19. Read the report on the impact of the fall 2020 COVID-19 surge here.

Supporting LGBTQ Youth During COVID-19
Movement Advancement Project (MAP)
July 2, 2020

Nationally, there are approximately 3.2 million LGBTQ youth between the ages of eight and 18, more than half of whom (52%) are youth of color.  LGBTQ youth’s experiences at home, at school, and in their communities are often fraught.  Even before the pandemic, LGBTQ youth were at greater risk for family rejection, homelessness, and discrimination.  Read more

Responding to a Crisis:  Insights from OutRight’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund
OutRight Action International | July 2020

A briefing of the countries that applied for emergency funding and what they spent it on to help mitigate the problems arising from the COVID-19 epidemic.  Over 1,500 applications were received from 131 countries with 55% appealing for support to alleviate hunger, 20% to apply toward healthcare, and 10% related to the survival of LGBTIQ organizations.

COVID-19 and the LGBTQ+ community: Rising to unique challenges
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Robbie H. Goldstein, MD, PhD, Infectious Disease Specialist, Primary Care Physician; Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Transgender Health Program; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Kanika and Jason, MS1s
Kanika and Jason are first year medical students at HMS

Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD, Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative Curriculum Fellow; Assistant Professor, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Director, Harvard SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) Health Equity Research Collaborative

Sponsors: LAHMS, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, and queer students); Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative; Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) LGBT Office; and Harvard SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) Health Equity Research Collaborative.

Four ways to support LGBTQ+ kids during the COVID-19 outbreak
Boston Children’s Hospital  |  An interview with Sabra Katz-Wise, Ph.D., and Col Williams, Psy.D.
June 4, 2020

Let’s Talk: Trans and Nonbinary Health in the Rural South
TRANSnetwork  |  May 27, 2020

A panel conversation between community members, activists, and providers on healthcare for trans and non-binary people in the rural South in light of COVID-19. Topics covered include community members’ healthcare experiences, how providers can use resources to better serve rural trans/nb clients, and ideas of how to move forward using what has been learned during the current pandemic.

Vulnerability Amplified:  The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on LGBTQIA People
OutRight Action International | May 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic leaves no country and no individual unaffected, drawing on almost 60 rapid research interviews conducted with LGBTIQ people in 38 countries from all regions of the world, the report overwhelmingly shows that the challenges faced by LGBTIQ people as a result of the virus and surrounding containment measures are specific and amplified compared to the broader population.

Doctor calls for loosening restrictions on blood donations from gay men to help fight coronavirus
WHDH Channel 7 News Boston | May 9, 2020

A call for the U.S. to adopt a different policy like what is used in Spain and Italy, where all donors are screened for risky behavior. That would allow gay men to donate more easily, which could increase the plasma available to help fight the disease and give them a way to help out (Jack Turban, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital)

Sexual Health in the SARS-CoV-2 Era, Annals of Internal Medicine
Turban, Jack L., Keruoghlian, Alex S., and Mayer, Kenneth H.
ACP Journals | May 8, 2020

More than 200 000 people have died of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, leading to widespread concern regarding physical morbidity and mortality. The sexual health implications, however, have received little focus.  Given the important role of sexuality in most people's lives, health care providers (HCPs) should consider counseling patients on this topic whenever possible.  relevant resources are provided. 

COVID-19 and the LGBTQ+ community: Rising to unique challenges
Sabra Wise-Katz, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital   
April 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new challenges arise each day for people across the world. Some of these challenges particularly affect the LGBTQ+ community. This unique time calls for LGBTQ+-specific resources and new ways to connect and cope.

Vulnerabilities to COVID-19 Among Transgender Adults in the US
Jody L. Herman and Kathryn O’Neill, UCLA Williams Institute  
April Brief

A factsheet based on having utilized weighted proportions from the U.S. Transgender Population Health Survey (“TransPop”), fielded from 2016-2018, and findings from other sources to describe characteristics that may increase vulnerability to COVID-19 for the 1.4 million U.S. adults who identify as transgender.

Musings on the Impact of Covid and on Being LGBTQ
April 22, 2020

a brief presentation and discussion led by Marshall Forstein, M.D. for the LGBTQ+ community of Harvard Medical School and its affiliates

A special online session to be led by Marshall Forstein, M.D., a Cambridge Health Alliance psychiatrist and past member of the LBGT Advisory Committee to the Dean.  We start with a brief presentation about how LGBTQ people are particularly affected by the Covid epidemic, followed by an open discussion about the special needs of members of the various LGBTQ communities affected.

Background:  For those of us who have LGBTQ identities, we know at what cost we live our lives when we remain invisible or feel the need to retreat back to that invisibility.  This cost knows no gender, no race, no age.  However, for those who are LGBTQ people of color, homeless or disabled the COVID crisis may present even more of a quandary in trying to balance the risks and benefits of authentication of oneself in the social matrix in which we live.  As we all muddle through the current epidemic, we must remember the lessons of the past… to acknowledge the costs that lie in the loss of physical proximity and touch, and of the costs associated with a retreat into invisibility so that we stay united and vigilant in mitigating them.

LISTEN TO AUDIO RECORDING     |    Meeting Transcript 


The Impact of COVID on the LGBTQ Community
National Coalition for LGBT Health Webinar | March 26, 2020

This webinar highlights the response of LGBTQ+ community groups and health centers as they support LGBTQ+ communities during this crisis. Speakers from various geographic areas of the country as well as national organizations explored unique issues for the community, innovative practices in responding to needs, how traditional programming has been modified to meet community needs, and other challenges impacting LGBTQ+ health.

Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Considerations for People Living with HIV and LGBTQIA+ People
Sean Cahill, The Fenway Institute | March 2020 

This report compiles information from having monitored the latest guidance from the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The Lives and Livelihoods of Many in the LGBTQ Community are at Risk Amidst COVID-19 Crisis
Human Rights Campaign, Research Brief | March 2020

This research summarizes the ways in which COVID-19 could adversely affect the lives and livelihoods of the LGBTQ community at disproportionate rates. In addition to the greater risk of health complications as a result of COVID-19, LGBTQ Americans are more likely than the general population to live in poverty and lack access to adequate medical care, paid medical leave, and basic necessities during the pandemic.