California didn’t thoroughly follow Gov. Newsom’s law to track COVID among LGBTQ

U.S. military members hold a three-part sign that says “COVID can’t stop pride.” Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Riley/Navy Medicine/Public Domain.

A few months ago, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that requires county health officers in California to track how the pandemic is affecting the LGBTQ community. But it’s not really being enforced. And if that data is collected at all, it’s spotty and inconsistent.

LGBTQ advocates say their community is vulnerable to underlying health problems, like HIV, that could be exacerbated by COVID. That prompted the bill’s author, State Senator Scott Wiener, to send a letter to the California Department of Public Health this week, asking officials to do a better job of collecting this data right away.

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Guest:
Scott Wiener - Democratic State Senator who represents California’s 11th Senate District (San Francisco) - @Scott_Wiener

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Angie Perrin, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Bennett Purser