Pride and Pandemic
Health experience and coping strategies among LGBTQ+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia
Pride and Pandemic explores experiences of LGBTQ+ adults aged 18 and over in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on mental health outcomes and the coping strategies used to mitigate these. The study comprised a large online survey followed by focus group discussions with young people, trans and gender diverse people, LGBTQ+ people from culturally diverse communities, and those who are part of rainbow families, defined as LGBTQ+ people who are parents or care for young children.
The Pride and Pandemic report highlights ongoing challenges faced by the LGBTQ community in Australia including poor mental health outcomes, systemic discrimination, and barriers to equitable and affirming healthcare. For the LGBTQ community, the data collected through Pride and Pandemic would suggest that the pandemic made an already challenging situation worse. The report details several recommendations calling for immediate action to reduce health disparities and ensure that the wellbeing of LGBTQ communities does not deteriorate further.
Researchers at ARCSHS are working on more academic publications from Pride and Pandemic. They will feature here as they are published.
Pride and Pandemic will be launched in conjunction with LGBTIQ Health Australia on Monday 24 October at 11am.
Partners & Funding
Pride and Pandemic was produced as part of a research partnership between the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA), with funding from the National Mental Health Commission.