COVID-19 and the reduced social mobility the pandemic created has been a hardship for so many. For young people who identify as LGBTQ, those increased burdens can be devastating for a population that often relies on support systems outside the home.
The Trevor Project, an advocacy group for the LGBTQ community, explains the risks that COVID-19 has created for young people and mental health:
Although youth and young adults are estimated to have the lowest mortality rates from COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020), they are not immune to its consequences, including as it relates to mental health and well-being. Even prior to the pandemic, LGBTQ youth have been found to be at significant increased risk for depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicidality (Russell & Fish, 2016). These risks are even more pronounced among youth who are transgender and/or nonbinary (Price-Feeney, Green, Dorison, 2020). Thus, LGBTQ youth may be particularly vulnerable to negative mental health impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
For one PR and media group, the crisis demanded action.