Controller Ron Galperin released “LGBTQ+ Pride: Toward Equality & Equity,” an online story map with data and visualizations showing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ+) community. It also includes LGBTQ+ local history guide and map of homeless youth services.
Galperin noted that, during the last year, at least 66% of LGBTQ+ households reported serious financial problems due to the pandemic, as opposed to 44% of non-LGBTQ+ households. And 20% of LGBTQ+ households experienced food insecurity, compared to 6% of non-LGBTQ+ households.
“The pandemic swept millions of Americans into unemployment as businesses closed their doors here and across the country,” said Controller Galperin, L.A.’s first openly gay citywide elected official.
“The impact was particularly acute for LGBTQ+ individuals and families, who suffered higher rates of job loss, food insecurity and financial hardship. During this Pride month, as we celebrate the community’s historic achievements in the struggle for equality, we must also look at ways to better address issues of equity for the most vulnerable among us.”
Galperin’s online tool also honors the rich and diverse history of L.A.’s LGBTQ+ community, details priorities in the ongoing struggle for equality and equity, and maps dozens of service organizations throughout the area that provide housing, health resources, education programs, legal help, and nutrition assistance to homeless and at-risk youth.
Galperin’s LGBTQ+ story map includes the following:
Guide to L.A.’s LGBTQ+ history:
From the Mattachine Steps, named after America’s first official gay organization, to Jewel’s Catch One, the first exclusively gay and lesbian disco for African-Americans in the country, Galperin mapped 10 historical locations that show the breadth and diversity of the local LGBTQ+ community.
Priorities in the struggle for equality and equity:
Despite the legalization of same-sex marriage and civil rights protections in California, the community continues to face discrimination and unfair treatment across the country. Galperin outlines actions and initiatives that would help reduce the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, such as passing the Equality Act, stopping anti-transgender legislation in U.S. states and more.
COVID-19 disproportionately impacted the LGBTQ+ community:
Illustrated through graphs, Galperin reveals the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 on the community. During the pandemic, nearly 65% of LGBTQ+ households reported employment loss since the beginning of the pandemic, compared to 45% of non-LGBTQ+ households.
Resource hub for LGBTQ+ community and map for homeless youth:
The final section includes resources to help the LGBTQ+ community get vaccinated, along with an interactive map that can be used by LGBTQ+ youth and anyone in the L.A. area in need of housing and services. Galperin’s map lists resources in the City and beyond, with descriptions of services and contact information. Users can click a dot on the map or enter an address to find help near them.
View “LGBTQ+ Pride: Toward Equality & Equity” at lacontroller.org/lgbtq-equality-and-equity.
Using tech to connect
As L.A. Controller, Galperin seeks to use technology to better connect people with useful public information. He recently created the L.A. Equity Index, a statewide food map of 1,800+ food distribution locations, and the COVID-19 Spending Tracker to reflect the City’s pandemic-related costs. View all of Galperin’s maps: lacontroller.org/resourcemaps.