Quick Summary: There are a lot of conditions, like diabetes, depression, and HIV, that can make COVID-19 more dangerous to a person, and LGBTQ+ people are more likely to have them, so we’re more at risk.
Unfortunately, a lot of LGBTQ+ people are already at greater risk from COVID-19 because we have higher rates of what are called comorbidities. These are certain medical conditions that can put us at increased risk for getting severely ill or dying from something else. For example, people with diabetes are at greater risk for getting a heart attack.
COPD, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, or obesity are some of the things that put LGBTQ+ people at increased risk from COVID-19. Mood disorders like depression can also put us at risk to get much more sick from COVID-19. Similarly, having HIV puts us at risk to get much more sick or die from COVID-19. Things that reduce the chances of getting sick, like getting vaccinated, are even more important for LGBTQ+ people who have comorbidities.