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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 important 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.
This document offers guidance for reporting on vulnerable communities.