Guidance: Reporting on Vulnerable Populations LGBTQ+ Populations

We know that COVID-19 does not discriminate. However existing vulnerabilities may put some
people at an increased risk of catching the virus, serious illness or to suffer the impact of the
social and economic implications of the pandemic. As journalists, it’s important to ensure our
reporting is truly reflective of the communities in which we live. We need to consider both the
differing information needs people in our community may have, as well as ensuring that all
voices are represented in our reporting.

No one will be safe from the pandemic until we all are, so inclusion is especially importa
during this crisis, but more diverse reporting should be encouraged at all times. While lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) people face many challenges from COVID-19
which are similar to others in the community, they may also experience impacts from the
pandemic as a result of discrimination, disparities, and other differences connected to their
LGBTQ status.