Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of transgender and gender nonbinary individuals

By Jeremy D. Kidd, Kasey B. Jackman, Renato Barucco, Jordan D. Dworkin, Curtis Dolezal, Theresa V. Navalta, Joseph Belloir & Walter O. Bockting in Mental health

January 27, 2021


While the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, no empiric US-based research has focused specifically on transgender and gender nonbinary (TGNB) people. We examined the pandemic’s impact on an established longitudinal cohort of TGNB individuals (N = 208) by administering an online survey between March-June 2020. We used multivariable linear regression to examine reduced LGBTQ/TGNB community support and disruptions in gender-affirming health care as predictors of psychological distress during the pandemic. We found that the pandemic exacerbated ongoing mental health disparities for TGNB individuals. Furthermore, reduced LGBTQ/TGNB support was associated with increased psychological distress during the pandemic. Interruption and/or delay in gender-affirming health care was not associated with increased psychological distress during the pandemic. Special attention is needed to address the unique ways in which TGNB individuals were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes increasing access to LGBTQ/TGNB community support and addressing long-standing health disparities.

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January 27, 2021
1 minute read, 151 words
Mental health
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