LGBTI+ People in the Commonwealth in the Covid Era: An Update
As we noted in our 2020 LGBTI+ in the Commonwealth in the Covid-19 Era report, the pandemic has “disrupted on a scale which has left almost no corner of the Commonwealth untouched and no person unaffected in some way”. We continue to see the disproportionate impact this has had on marginalised communities and the organisations that support them. Uncertainty in funding and other Covid-19 related factors have disrupted, diminished, and in some cases disbanded critical services at a time when the underlying need that pre-existing stigma and discrimination against the LGBTI+ community cause has not gone away. If anything, it has increased, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact LGBTI+ people, communities and organisations globally. Building on previous work, this report highlights the perspectives of LGBTI+ organisations from across the Commonwealth in order to further document the challenges and realities that LGBTI+ movements and communities are facing as a result of COVID-19.