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30 August 2020
Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTQ+ Health and Well-Being
Emerging research suggests that LGBTQ+ populations may be particularly vulnerable to the physical, economic, social, and psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sexual and gender minority people (SGM) of color, young SGM individuals, and older SGM adults may also experience elevated risk for exposure, stress, and adverse behavioral health outcomes linked to a wide array of factors such as structural stigma, interpersonal stigma, place of residence, intersectional marginalized identities, and social support. In addition, we know little about unique ways that LGBTQ+ people may, in the COVID-19 context, find ways to connect to community, address barriers to accessing support and care, negotiate relationships, and/or draw on other sources of resilience.
The purpose of this special issue is to rapidly document and disseminate emerging insights about the critical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ+ health, mental health, behavioral health outcomes, social lives, and well-being. We are seeking manuscripts of empirical studies and welcome contributions using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods approaches. We will also consider brief commentary, conceptual, or theoretical contributions. Possible topics include, but are not limited, to:
- Intersectional perspectives on the impact of COVID-19
- Specific impacts from a life course perspective, such as research focusing on adolescents, young adults, or older adults.
- Impact of COVID-19 on behavioral health, including mental health and/or alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
- Sexual and gender minority specific concerns and challenges associated with COVID-19 and related mitigation strategies; e.g. adolescents sheltering in place with abusive parents or caretakers or LGBTQ+ elders who are already experiencing isolation and loneliness.
- Tangible impacts of COVID-19 on sexual and gender minority health and well-being, such as risk for COVID-19 severe complication rates in LGBTQ+ subpopulations (such as queer and trans people with disabilities, those with mental health problems, those who are HIV positive, LGBTQ+ elders).
- Impact of health care access and planning on COVID-19 related anxieties or experiences, such as advance directives, power of attorney for health care, and other legal/procedural health documents that might impact care of LGBTQ+ people and their partners/families.
- Experiences, perspectives and concerns of LGBTQ+ healthcare providers and other helping professionals.
- COVID-19 related employment issues, such as whether working from home relieves stress from oppressive conditions at work, or whether LGBTQ+ people are more likely to work in “essential” jobs and how they lessen their risks.
- Brief commentary or theory articles outlining the experiences of LGBTQ+ health clinics or individuals on the front lines or how living through the HIV/AIDS crisis impacts the ability to navigate through the pandemic.
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Proposal Submission Guidelines
Detailed abstract proposals of 750 - 1000 words should be sent to the special issue co-editors, Laurie A. Drabble ([email protected]) & Mickey Eliason ([email protected]) by July 15, 2020. Proposals should articulate the issue to be explored, the methods or approach the author intends to use, and the relationship of the manuscript to the special issue Authors of successful proposals will be notified by July 31, 2020.
Manuscript Submission guidelines:
We are seeking article submissions of up to 7,000 words (inclusive of abstract, tables, references) that align with the focus of this special issue. Articles should be submitted to Laurie A. Drabble ([email protected]) by the August 30, 2020 deadline.
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