File this one under "No Kidding"!! We all know the difficulties of being LGBTQ in an oppressive society. For me, knowing that I am not alone in my anxiety is kind of "soothing" for lack of a better word.
According to the Census Bureau:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults have consistently reported higher rates of symptoms of both anxiety and depression amid the coronavirus pandemic than non-LGBT adults, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
The results were the same regardless of the period in question: LGBT adults ages 18 and older reported roughly twice the rate of mental health challenges as non-LGBT adults (Figures 1a and 1b).
Another interesting point in the study is the mental health of LGBT adults who are raising children.
Throughout the time series, LGBT adults living in households with children were more likely than adults (regardless of LGBT status) in other types of households to report anxiety symptoms.
Dealing with homophobia plus the added stress of raising a child can take its toll on mental health.
The good news is we have a Presidential Administration that is working to improve the lives of LGBT folks in the US and across the globe.
From the Human Rights Campaign site:
President Biden committed to being a champion for LGBTQ+ people every day in the White House, and he’s off to a historic start. From protecting people from discrimination to addressing the epidemic of violence against trans people to ensuring a safe future for LGBTQ+ youth, there’s so much good we can do together. We’re tracking every action taken by this White House to defend our communities and expand our rights.
You can view a list of proactive measure taken by President Biden to improve the lives of the LGBT community here.