hands joined in solidarity


People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual/gender minority identities (LGBTQ+) are a historically marginalized population whose health is often at risk. During the COVID-19 pandemic, LGBTQ+ people’s mental health was disproportionately impacted, particularly when compared to heterosexual and cisgender people. Some sub-populations of LGBTQ+ people were impacted more than others, such as bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people. Depression, anxiety, and stress/distress were the most salient mental health issues, though loneliness, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and COVID-related fears were also prevalent. As a result, LGBTQ+ people used substances, social media, dating apps, and pornography to cope with the pandemic. This presentation will examine these and other mental health issues that LGBTQ+ people experienced, and it will examine what has—and hasn’t—changed since the pandemic. Lastly, this presentation will give recommendations and offer resources that LGBTQ+ people can use to promote positive mental health.  

Christopher Dietzel

Christopher Dietzel


Christopher Dietzel, Ph.D. (he/him) is a research associate on the iMPACTS Project and also works in the Sexual Health and Gender (SHaG) Lab. Dr Dietzel's research explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, health, safety, and technology. Recently, his interests have focused on issues of consent and sexual violence, particularly related to mobile apps and LGBTQ+ people.

If you require accommodation, please contact the event host as soon as possible.
Date and time
Sep 26, 2023
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Format and location
General public
Organized by
Faculty of Education