Trump Administration Removes LGBT Population From 2020 Census

"Today, the Trump Administration has taken yet another step to deny LGBTQ people freedom, justice, and equity,"

The White House has submitted categories it will collect for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS). Although “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were proposed categories, the version submitted Tuesday removes any reference to America’s LGBT population.

According to Out, the U.S. Census described the original inclusion of such categories as “inadvertent.”


Pressure had begun mounting last year to include questions about gender identity and sexuality in the next census.
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a bill last May that would have required respondents to answer questions about their sexuality and gender identity, but it failed to pass.

Currently, questions about marital status and households enable the Census Bureau to garner information on same-sex couples, but it is a very incomplete picture. Improved analytics on how many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans there would mean better allocation of resources for issues affecting our community, and underscore the importance of equality and inclusion nationwide.

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“Today, the Trump Administration has taken yet another step to deny LGBTQ people freedom, justice, and equity,”
said the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Meghan Maury in a statement. “If the government doesn’t know how many LGBTQ people live in a community, how can it do its job to ensure we’re getting fair and adequate access to the rights, protections and services we need?”

GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis said that, with the decision to keep LGBT questions off the 2020 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.”

Last week, the Department of Health & Human Services removed questions about LGBT elders from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.