Trump administration omits LGBT people from 2020 Census

Trump administration omits LGBT people from 2020 Census

Trump administration omits LGBT people from 2020 Census

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!).

Copies of the appendix reviewed by The Associated Press show the bureau proposing a subject called "sexual orientation and gender identity".

Last year The Daily Beast's Samantha Allen noted, "the Census Bureau could easily produce a crystal-clear figure if it asked about sexual orientation and gender identity". "But that's not the same as saying that a decision to add SOGI measures has been reversed", said Gates.

A Census Bureau spokesperson told The Washington Times on Wednesday it had been considering whether to include the questions about sexual orientation after being urged to do so by of some members of Congress, but it was decided there is no "federal need" for the answers. Since 2014, Maury has served on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations, where she provides advice to the Census Bureau on this and various other data collection issues. "The level of detail collected varies, as well as the availability of other characteristics of the partners". Earlier in the morning, LGBT advocates thought they had a triumph, as the Census Bureau released a list of proposed subjects for 2020 that included questions relating to the above, which were new additions that LGBT rights advocates have been pushing for. He characterized the initial inclusion of the terms as "an error".

The 2020 Census will include the usual questions on "gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and homeownership status".

The Trump administration recently deleted two sexual orientation and gender identity data-mining inquiries from government demographic surveys, including the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants and the Annual Program Performance Report for Centers for Independent Living. "It requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics".

U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson (center) along with Lloyd.

By law, the Census Bureau must deliver decennial census subjects to Congress three years before Census Day, with the next one occurring April 1, 2020. And each question is carefully tied to a specific legislative goal and agency that would benefit.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The number of residents will determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets, not to mention how hundreds of billions of dollars in government funds will be distributed.

The Census Bureau falls under the purview of the Department of Commerce, now headed by Wilbur L. Ross Jr.

But Gates and other researchers said they thought the bureau had been moving toward including such questions in the future, and they said they anxious that such progress will now slow or stop under Trump.

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