Apr 25, 2022
In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Leo Goldsmith of ICF and Dr. Michael Mendez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Policy at the University of California, Irvine, to discuss their new paper, Queer and Present Danger: Understanding the Disparate Impacts of Disasters on LGBTQ+ Communities. Mike and Leo discuss the unique vulnerabilities of this community in disaster relief; the myth of gay affluence; how faith-based groups have a history of discriminatory practices in disaster relief; how cohesive is the LGBTQ community and how race is a problem even in LGBTQ groups. Mike and Leo also lay out specific policy recommendations on how adaptation planners can properly consider this community in their planning.
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“When people are planning for social vulnerability, they totally discount the LGBTQ+ community because it's characterized as being white & wealthy."
Queer and Present Danger: Understanding the Disparate Impacts of
Disasters on LGBTQ+ Communities
Policy Brief on The Need for Equitable Disaster Response for
Queer & Present Danger - Understanding the disparate
impacts of disasters on LGBTQ+ communities.
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