Hold Hearings on the LGBT Data Inclusion Act
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Under the Obama Administration, questions about sexual orientation and gender identity were planning to be added to federal surveys to help provide a clear picture of the United States population, which must include LGBT people. Soon after the Trump administration assumed power, inclusion of LGBT people within federal surveys have systematically been erased or denied, even though a number of federal agencies have requested this data.
The current lack of population-based data on the LGBT community inhibits the creation of sound public policy as well as the delivery of effective programs and services to all who live in this country. Expanding and improving data collection and analysis about LGBT people is essential to better understanding the issues affecting our communities and to improve the health and well being of all of our families.
That is why in July, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., reintroduced the LGBT Data Inclusion Act in the House and Senate that would require federal surveys with demographic information, including the census, to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity. Under the LGBT Data Inclusion Act, this data would be kept confidential, and survey participants would voluntarily self-disclose information on sexual orientation and gender identity.
These proposed bills are currently in house and senate committees but have not yet had committee hearings. We encourage you to add your name and demand these committees hold hearings on the LGBT Data Inclusion Act.
LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
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