L.A. Controller Ron Galperin released a new online story map that illustrates COVID-19’s toll on the LGBTQ+ community, honors L.A.’s rich and diverse LGBTQ+ history, details priorities in the ongoing struggle for equality and equity, and maps dozens of service organizations throughout the area that provide housing, health resources, education programs, legal help, and nutrition assistance to homeless and at-risk youth.
The visualizations on the online tool (https://lacontroller.org/data-stories-and-maps/lgbtq-equality-and-equity/) highlight the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ community.
Galperin noted that, during the last year, at least 66 percent of LGBTQ+ households reported serious financial problems due to the pandemic, as opposed to 44 percent of non-LGBTQ+ households. And 20 percent of LGBTQ+ households experienced food insecurity, compared to 6 percent of non-LGBTQ+ households.
“The pandemic swept millions of Americans into unemployment as businesses closed their doors here and across the country,” said Galperin. “The impact was particularly acute for LGBTQ+ individuals and families, who suffered higher rates of job loss, food insecurity and financial hardship. During this Pride month, as we celebrate the community’s historic achievements in the struggle for equality, we must also look at ways to better address issues of equity for the most vulnerable among us.”