Impact of COVID-19 on older LGBTI Australians - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Impact of COVID-19 on Older LGBTI Australians

A diverse group of 17 older self-identified LGBTI people were recruited to describe their experience of living in self-isolation. 

They initially answered a series of general questions via email and were then interviewed by telephone. Interviews were unstructured and participants were encouraged to talk about what was important to them about self-isolation and COVID-19. 

Everyone was concerned about whether they would contract COVID-19 and understood that their age made them part of a particularly vulnerable group. People with additional underlying health conditions also recognised that they may not survive if they contracted COVID-19. Mainstream and government health promotion materials were not seen as inclusive, rendering older LGBTI people invisible.

All participants have been de-identified in the text of this report.

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