LGBTQ populations: Psychologically vulnerable communities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

John P. Salerno, Natasha D. Williams, Karina A. Gattamorta

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In the wake of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the psychological consequences that will follow, it is critical to acknowledge and understand the unique vulnerabilities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) populations in order to provide equitable mental health intervention that reaches these highly at-risk groups. It is well established that LGBTQ persons face social disadvantages and mental health disparities, which may be exacerbated as a result of COVID-19 pandemic trauma and social isolation measures. This commentary highlights structural, social, and individual-level challenges among LGBTQ populations in the context of COVID-19 and proposes prevention recommendations to mitigate the psychological ramifications of COVID-19 pandemic-related trauma among LGBTQ persons. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S239-S242
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
StatePublished - 2020


  • COVID-19
  • healthcare policy
  • mental health
  • social distancing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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