Rural residents face distinct risks for social isolation
and loneliness, as do lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB)
adults. This policy brief examines nationally
representative data on social and emotional supports
during the COVID-19 pandemic by rurality and sexual
- Rural LGB adults reported the lowest levels of having
their social and emotional needs met.
- Approximately 32.7% of rural LGB adults said those
needs were always met (versus 55.7% of rural heterosexual
- Rural LGB adults also reported the greatest decrease
in social and emotional support during the COVID-19
pandemic, with 23.5% saying they had less support than
they had a year ago.