As social inequalities during the COVID-19 pandemic have been recognised, emerging research showed that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people may be additionally affected during the pandemic. This paper adds to the understanding of the experiences of LGB people during the pandemic with a focus on Hong Kong, where issues of space significantly influence LGB people’s lives in this city with high population density. As part of a larger community study of LGB lives in Hong Kong, COVID-19-related impact on 434 Chinese-speaking LGB people was explored. Data collection was conducted from 20 May to 30 June 2020. Inductive thematic analysis of the open-text response survey data found that the LGB participants described both negative and positive impacts brought by COVID-19. Such impacts could be dimensionalised into those related to personal space and privacy, romantic and sexual space, and community space. It was also found that the experiences of COVID-19 among LGB people in Hong Kong were intersectional, along the lines of living arrangement and relationship status. Such findings make unique contributions to the emerging literature. First, there needs to be a more nuanced understanding of sexual minority individuals’ experiences during COVID-19 across cultural contexts. Second, COVID-19 was described as having brought positive impact in addition to its widely known negative impact. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).
|Journal||Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters|
|Early online date||26 Aug 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
CitationSuen, Y. T., Wong, E. M. Y., & Chan, R. C. H. (2022). Experiences of COVID-19 among Chinese-speaking lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Hong Kong: An inductive thematic analysis of survey response data. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 30(1). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/26410397.2022.2102537
- Sexual minority
- Gay and bisexual
- Hong Kong