The LGBTQ community experiences more health disparities compared to their straight counterparts, in part due to sexual stigma and discrimination. … people who are a part of the LGBTQ community, regardless of race or ethnicity, report higher numbers of health conditions that make people vulnerable to more severe forms of Covid-19 including heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, cancer, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and smoking.