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Monkeypox, bioethics and the LGBTQI+ community


März, Julian W; Manriquez Roa, Tania; Schwind, Bettina; Biller-Andorno, Nikola (2022). Monkeypox, bioethics and the LGBTQI+ community. Swiss Medical Weekly, 152(43-44):40003.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for different communities, including the LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other gender identities and sexual orientations) community, and has sharpened health inequalities already present before the pandemic. In his report to the United Nations General Assembly of 28 July 2020, the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, provided a detailed overview of ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the LGBTQI+ community [1]. Stay-at-home policies, quarantine and isolation, and social stress have severely increased their risk of victimization, particularly in the case of LGBTQI+ people living with unsupportive family members. In several countries, including, e.g., the United States, Turkey, Georgia, Ghana and Malaysia, powerful religious and political leaders have blamed LGBTQI+ persons for the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a sharp rise in (online) hate speech. In Uganda, lockdown policies have been instrumentalised for a crackdown on the LGBTQI+ community [1]. The mental health of many LGBTQI+ persons has also significantly deteriorated in many countries; in the US, for example, 50.0% of LGBTQI+ adult respondents in the US Census Bureau’s March – May 2022 Household Pulse Survey reported symptoms of anxiety (compared to 24.3% of non-LGBTQI+ adults) and 41.6% symptoms of depression (compared to 19.4% of non-LGBTQI+ adults) [2].

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for different communities, including the LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other gender identities and sexual orientations) community, and has sharpened health inequalities already present before the pandemic. In his report to the United Nations General Assembly of 28 July 2020, the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, provided a detailed overview of ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the LGBTQI+ community [1]. Stay-at-home policies, quarantine and isolation, and social stress have severely increased their risk of victimization, particularly in the case of LGBTQI+ people living with unsupportive family members. In several countries, including, e.g., the United States, Turkey, Georgia, Ghana and Malaysia, powerful religious and political leaders have blamed LGBTQI+ persons for the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a sharp rise in (online) hate speech. In Uganda, lockdown policies have been instrumentalised for a crackdown on the LGBTQI+ community [1]. The mental health of many LGBTQI+ persons has also significantly deteriorated in many countries; in the US, for example, 50.0% of LGBTQI+ adult respondents in the US Census Bureau’s March – May 2022 Household Pulse Survey reported symptoms of anxiety (compared to 24.3% of non-LGBTQI+ adults) and 41.6% symptoms of depression (compared to 19.4% of non-LGBTQI+ adults) [2].

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Literature and Literary Theory, Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Economics and Econometrics, Political Science and International Relations, Sociology and Political Science, History, General Mathematics, Communication, Sociology and Political Science, Geography, Planning and Development, General Economics, Econometrics and Finance, Multidisciplinary, General Medicine
Language:German
Date:24 October 2022
Deposited On:10 Nov 2022 09:35
Last Modified:27 Feb 2024 02:49
Publisher:EMH Swiss Medical Publishers
ISSN:0036-7672
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.57187/smw.2022.40003
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)