Trump Strips LGBT People of Workplace Protections, Then Erases Them from Census
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 1:30
According to Out, the move would have been in line with the recommendations made by various federal agencies past year, when they called on the Census Bureau to formally collect data on LGBTQ Americans, but any optimism over progress and inclusion was quickly dashed, when the agency released an updated version, and claimed that it had "inadvertently" included sexual orientation and gender identity in the list when it wasn't supposed to be.
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.
The U.S. Census Bureau did not include a separate count of LGBTQ Americans in its proposal for the 2020 Census.
In a written statement, a Census Bureau spokesperson says the report "inadvertently listed sexual orientation and gender identity as a proposed topic in the appendix". And by "corrected" they really mean "edited so that we don't have to pay attention to anyone not straight or cis". But hopes were dashed when the proposed addition suddenly disappeared, and a statement was issued by the Census bureau that called the LGBTQ inclusion a mistake. However, the National LGBTQ Task Force reports that "a number of federal agencies" have "urged" the Census Bureau to add questions collecting data on LGBTQ citizens in order to improve law enforcement relations with the LGBTQ community and to draft legislation that would aid queer citizens. (In fact, no federal survey even during the Obama years included questions on transgender status, although some included sexual-orientation questions). The Census Bureau had no immediate comment. The National LGBTQ Task Force had captured a screenshot of the original questionnaire and compared it to the updated one.
WANG: Kenneth Prewitt is a former director of the Census Bureau who served under the Clinton administration.
On top of that, the Department of Health and Human Services pulled questions about sexual orientation from its National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants.
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"We carefully considered this thoughtful request and again worked with federal agencies and the OMB Interagency Working Group on Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to determine if there was a legislative mandate to collect this data", Thompson said. As of now the census only collects info about same-sex households.
"LGBTQ people are not counted on the Census - no data is collected on sexual orientation or gender identity", Maury said.
This isn't the first time that the Trump administration has stripped LGBTQ questions from a national survey.
Conducted every ten years, the census provides crucial data influencing government programs.
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.