Although vaccination rates vary somewhat within the LGBTQ community, the rates across race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, and age are well above the rates for various general adult populations where the data are available:
By race and ethnicity, 90% of Latinx respondents, 85% of Black respondents, 96% of Asian or Pacific Islander respondents, and 85% of Native American/Alaskan and Middle Eastern/North African LGBTQ adults, among other race identities have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
By gender identity and sexual orientation, 92% of cisgender lesbian and bi+ women, 93% of cisgender gay and bi+ men, and 92% of transgender and non-binary people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
By age, 91% of LGBTQ+ respondents aged 18-34, 92% of LGBTQ respondents aged 35-5, and 94% of LGBTQ respondents aged 55 and older have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine
While vaccination rates are high, Covid-19 took a toll on well-being among respondents. The survey finds that 59% of LGBTQ respondents reported that Covid-19 made them feel socially isolated, and 50% of respondents reported that it impacted their mental health.
“Increasing vaccination rates among communities of color is a major focus for us, and working with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation gives us the opportunity to better understand the impact of Covid-19 on LGBTQ communities of color. We look forward to continuing our support and outreach.” said Otis Rolley, Senior Vice President of Equity and Economic Opportunity at The Rockefeller Foundation.
The data finds the Covid-19 pandemic led to social and financial loss, especially among LGBTQ people of color:
21% of LGBTQ adults surveyed reported that a close family member or friend has died from Covid-19
LGBTQ people of color surveyed reported higher levels of loss due to Covid-19 compared to white LGBTQ people:
30% of Latinx LGBTQ respondents
28% of Black LGBTQ respondents
25% of Native American/Alaskan and Middle Eastern/North African LGBTQ respondents, among other race identities
18% of Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ respondents
17% of white LGBTQ respondents
36% of LGBTQ respondents reported that a close friend or family member has become very sick from Covid-19
24% of LGBTQ respondents reported that Covid-19 has negatively impacted their financial well-being
LGBTQ people of color surveyed are more likely than white LGBTQ people to have experienced a negative financial impact during the pandemic:
33% of Native American/Alaskan and Middle Eastern/North African LGBTQ adults, among other race identities
26% of Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ adults
26% of Latinx LGBTQ adults
25% of Black LGBTQ adults
22% of white LGBTQ adults
“There are many reasons why LGBTQ vaccination rates may be higher than the general population, including higher percentages of the LGBTQ community being liberal, living in blue states, and living in urban areas,” said CMI Senior Director of Research, David Paisley. “While participants had strong education levels, those with no more than a high school diploma still had an 87% vaccination rate. We also see that Covid isolation significantly impacted LGBTQ people, which may have motivated quick vaccination to reenter the community.”
The Rockefeller Foundation is supporting the Human Rights Campaign Foundation on a number of Covid-19-related projects to support research and community education to reach LGBTQ communities of color during this crisis through The Rockefeller Foundation’s Equity-First Vaccination Initiative. Learn more here.