WESTWOOD, CA — (02-18-21) — According to a new Study conducted by the UCLA Williams Institute, LGBT people of color are twice as likely to contract the coronavirus than their heterosexual, white counterparts.

The UCLA Williams Institute study announced their assessment on Wednesday. The study assessed the impact of the fall 2020 surge of COVID-19 in the United States, using data collected from 12,000 adult participants between Aug. 21, 2020, and Dec. 21, 2020.

According to the study, they found that “that the impact of the pandemic on LGBT communities cannot be fully understood without considering race and ethnicity as well as sexual orientation and gender identity.”

14.5 percent of LGBT people of color tested positive for coronavirus

According to the full report released by the UCLA Williams Institute, 14.5 percent of LGBT people of color tested positive for coronavirus, while just 7.3 percent of non-LGBT white people tested positive for coronavirus.

LGBT white people faired similarly to their straight counterparts, with 7.2 percent testing positive for COVID-19. Ten percent of straight people of color in the study tested positive for the coronavirus.

On average, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Americans of color are up to three times as likely to die from the coronavirus, and up to over three times as likely to be hospitalized due to the disease.

A recent study released by the CDC earlier this month says that “Based on demographic health data, members of the LGBT community were more likely than their straight counterparts to experience severe symptoms from the coronavirus due to increased underlying health conditions.”

The agency’s study also found that LGBT people who are also part of ethnic minority groups were at risk of experiencing more severe coronavirus symptoms than heterosexuals.

According to the study released Thursday, LGBT people of color and non-LGBT people of color were over 50 percent more likely to know someone who died of the coronavirus.

“With a change to the Biden administration, restoring trust in institutions that are critical to successfully vaccinating LGBT communities, and in particular LGBT communities of color, will be critical,” the study read.

The report from the Williams Institute comes as the Biden administration has moved to ramp up vaccination efforts throughout the United States.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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