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New Resource: Research Briefing Paper
COVID-19: impacts for LGBTIQ communities
Dear colleagues and friends
We are pleased to share with you a briefing paper summarising the current research knowledge relevant to understanding how COVID-19 might impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) health and wellbeing.

Overall, existing health disparities may be relevant to disease outcomes, and mental health, family violence and social inequality may be made worse by the measures required for a public health response. The key issues presented in this paper are relevant for all those commissioning, coordinating or delivering health or community services in the current context.
Rainbow Health Victoria argues that there is a need to:
  • Acknowledge the potential for COVID-19 to have a disproportionate impact on LGBTIQ communities
  • Promote and enhance LGBTIQ community-controlled and LGBTIQ-inclusive service delivery
  • Develop messages about community resilience and increase initiatives to provide community support through adaptive means
We also encourage organisations to share observations and practice knowledge to build our shared understanding of the impacts on LGBTIQ communities in real time. This will be essential to inform effective ways to respond rapidly through research, policy, resources and programs.
Please share this resource far and wide.
COVID-19: impacts for LGBTIQ communities and implications for services
A Research Briefing Paper by Rainbow Health Victoria

Prepared by Marina Carman, Adam Bourne and Jackson Fairchild

April 2020
  Marina Carman

Rainbow Health Victoria

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