Report

Mental Health Among Black and Latinx Sexual Minority Adults Leading up to and Following the 2016 US Presidential Election

Results from a natural experiment
August 2021

Hostility toward minority populations increased after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Using data from the Generations Study, this report examines whether the mental health of Black and Latinx SM adults declined after the election of Donald J. Trump as president. It appeared in LGBT Health in August 2021.

AUTHORS
  • Evan A. Krueger
    Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California
  • Drew A. Westmoreland
    Research Assistant Professor, CUNY
  • Soon Kyu Choi
    Project Manager, Former
  • Gary W. Harper
    Professor, University of Michigan
  • Marguerita Lightfoot
    Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Phillip L. Hammack
    Professor, UCSC
  • Ilan H. Meyer
    Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy
Highlights
The mental health of Black and Latinx LGBQ people remained stable during the seven months before the 2016 presidential election.
The mental health of Black and Latinx LGBQ people declined following the election.
Younger adults, bisexuals, and those with lower incomes and less education were particularly affected by poor mental health.

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Mental Health Among Black and Latinx Sexual Minority Adults Leading up to and Following the 2016 US Presidential Election