Impact of Covid19 Pandemic on the LGBTQ Community in India

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Agnimita Dam


The pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID­19) threatened global public health. Traveling has become limited, economy has shrunk, borders have remained closed, and thus billions of people have been isolated at their homes in an attempt to control the spread of the disease. Human lives have been affected as a result of social distance and lockdown tactics, which have destroyed social ties and emotional attachments. Every individual is facing unique challenges to cope up with these unprecedented situations. They are particularly exposed to not just the virus's infectious risks, but also the psychosocial impacts of the worldwide lockdown and pandemic fallout. The various factors include immunocompromised status, increased co-morbidity of sexually transmitted diseases, other chronic medical disorders, and substance abuse, as well as reduced access to health care, stigma and social discrimination, administrative apathy, economic constraints, and uncertainty of social rituals such as Pride Celebrations. These can result in viral load under detection, higher physiological hazards to COVID19, reduced help seeking, and inequity in health and legal treatment.

Keeping these points into consideration, this study examines the disproportionate risk associated with the COVID19 pandemic among sexual minorities, investigates the psychosocial variables, and identifies particular strategies to minimise these risks for a better treatment. During such situations, adopting a right based approach for the LGBTQ community through public health initiatives can assist decrease stigma and increase social inclusion. 

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