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Health Vulnerabilities to COVID-19 Among LGBT Adults in California

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California Health Interview Survey; 2015 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2015); 2016 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2016); 2017 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2017); 2018 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2018); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender; Mental and Emotional Health; Health Insurance Coverage and Programs; Health Care Reform; Uninsured

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Summary: This report describes characteristics of LGBT adults in California, a population of nearly 1.7 million, in relation to their vulnerability to illness and other health consequences stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. A separate report examines the vulnerability to economic disruption experienced by LGBT Californians due to efforts to contain COVID-19 (see related link below). Because the data were extracted from the 2015-2018 California Health Interview Survey, the information reported in this report does not reflect recent changes in health related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Findings include: 

  • In the four years covered by the survey, 361,000 LGBT adults in California had fair or poor health.
  • 134,000 did not have health insurance.
  • 231,000 had problems paying for their own or a family member’s medical bill.
  • 150,000 had delayed or forgone needed medical care because of cost, lack of insurance, or another insurance-related reason.
  • Many LGBT adult Californians had health conditions -- including asthma, diabetes, and heart disease -- which elevate their risk for serious illness from COVID-19.3 
  • Over 500,000 had a history of suicidal ideation.


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Report: Health Vulnerabilities to COVID-19 Among LGBT Adults in California

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Related Report: Economic Vulnerabilities to COVID-19 Among LGBT Adults in California

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California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

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The Williams Institute

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