The Impact of COVID-19 on Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Trans+ (LGBT+) People in the UK: A Rapid Response Scoping Study

Sue Westwood, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Michael Toze

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This summary report provides an overview of the survey findings from a mixed methods research project, which explores the impact of COVID-19 emergency regulations on older LGBT+ people in the United Kingdom (UK) during June-August 2020. It was a rapid response project or ‘temperature check’ of 375 older LGBT+ people in the UK, in relation to COVID19. We have identified that older LGBT+ people live diverse lives, informed by their intersection with a wide range of social locations, cutting across the social spectrum. This in turn informs their experiences of COVID19 and of related lockdowns. No single narrative can encompass the full range of their lived experiences, issues and concerns. The richness of the data obtained through the survey has also provided a window into a wider description of older LGBT+ people’s lives, living situation, social networks and instrumental support.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2021


  • LGBT
  • ageing
  • COVID-19
  • pandemic
  • lockdown
  • survey data
  • coronavirus

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