The Trump Administration Has Dropped Questions About LGBTQs From the 2020 Census

Census Bureau Submits Subjects for 2020 Census to Congress
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OMITS LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM 2020 CENSUS AND AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY
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30 March, 2017

"This topic is not being proposed to Congress for the 2020 Census or American Community Survey", the bureau said in a statement. The census helps to shape and define policy supporting different demographics, and it's very hard to do that when certain demographics aren't included.

The Blade has placed a call to the Census Bureau seeking comment on why the LGBT categories were included in the report in the first place and why those categories were removed.

Under the Obama administration, Democrats pushed to begin collecting data about sexual orientation and gender identity-an effort with overtly political implications.

LGBTI advocates have reacted at anger to the news that the next USA census will not include questions on sexual orientation and gender identity. But a final version published Tuesday afternoon did not include the sexual orientation and gender identity questions - SOGI, in Census parlance - among the proposed topics. A U.S. Census with questions on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people would also confirm how many LGBTQ Americans now live in the country, giving both federal and local governments an accurate picture of LGBTQ life in the United States.

According to TIME, the closest the census has come to gathering formal government data on the LGBTQ community is when a question asking about "unmarried partners" was added in 1990. The correction suggests that the draft report included LGBTQ data collection recommendations or plans.

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In a written statement, Census Bureau spokesperson Michael Cook says federal law restricts what the bureau can do with the data it collects. In April 2016, a bipartisan group of almost 80 members of Congress asked that the census and the American Community Survey add questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Activists in the LGBT community and Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for the next Census to gather information on sexual orientation to get a better picture of the American people's family and sexual dynamics, the Washington Times reported.

Information from these surveys helps the government to enforce federal laws like the Violence Against Women Act and the Fair Housing Act and to determine how to allocate resources like housing supports and food stamps.

"In 2020, our goal is to conduct a complete and accurate census", Thompson concludes. Gates took census data along with his research to produce The Gay and Lesbian Atlas over a decade ago, and that work helped provide actual information for the first time about things like the number of LGBTQ individuals in the military, or the fact that same-sex couples live in nearly every county in the United States (imagine that!).

In a statement, GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said the census confusion was just the latest in a series of Trump administration moves against the LGBTQ community-starting with the immediate removal of all LGBTQ-related content from the White House website on January 20 and continuing with moves to roll back protections for transgender students, remove LGBTQ people from two other federal surveys and cut funding for HIV/AIDS research.


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