Trump Administration Quietly Erases LGBTQ Questions From Census

The report outlines the importance of including these questions in either the decennial U.S. Census or the newer and more detailed annual American Community Survey, which was established in 1985 and seeks to ascertain socio-economic and housing statistics.

Today his administration submitted the list of data categories the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey would collect - and has dropped questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. "This topic is not being proposed to Congress for the 2020 Census or American Community Survey", the bureau said in a statement. And by "corrected" they really mean "edited so that we don't have to pay attention to anyone not straight or cis".

WANG: In January, the Washington Post published what it said was a draft executive order directing the Census Bureau to quote, "include questions to determine USA citizenship and immigration status", unquote, in the 2020 census. The subjects represent the necessary balance between the need for data and the Census Bureau's commitment to reduce the time it takes to complete the form. The bureau said members of Congress had asked to include questions about gender identity and sexual orientation, but the agency determined there was no "federal need" for the information. And by choosing to leave sexual orientation and gender identity out of the conversation - particularly when those topics had already made the cut in the original bureau submission - the government is basically continuing to allow a significant proportion of Americans' needs to be overlooked.

U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Thomas Russell holds a census form while working his route in 2010.

"The National LGBTQ Task Force will continue to push for accurate data collection on LGBTQ people", Maury added.




About three years from now, the USA government is going to start asking some personal questions.

The Trump administration nixed plans to collect extra data on the gay community, despite Democratic efforts to gather the information, reports the Washington Times. The Census Bureau would not comment on that question Wednesday. 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 planning for the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau has focused on improving its address list by using imagery, finding ways to increase household self-response, leveraging resources inside and outside the government", Thompson said.

"By erasing LGBTQ Americans from the 2020 U.S. Census, the Trump administration is adding a disgusting entry to a long list of tactics they've adopted to legally deny services and legitimacy to hard-working LGBTQ Americans", Ellis said.

President Donald Trump is back to breaking his promises to the queer community.

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