The National LGBTQ Task Force want answers.
Yesterday, the Trump administration handed to Congress a list of categories to be included in the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS), but some watchdog groups are concerned at the omission of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks.
Every ten years, the United States takes part in this nationwide survey which helps to determine the growth of the country and certain aspects of society which flourish or need help.
However, eliminating the LGBT sector of society from being counted has many concerned about the motivations of the Trump administration and who they want to tally.
Further, the “sexual orientation” and “gender Identity” are only proposed subjects in this new index and relegated to the “appendix,” an indication that these assignments were in the planning stages of being included in the past.
In 2016, federal agencies implored the Census Bureau to collect information on the LGBT population to better enhance laws and their enforcement.
“The Trump Administration has taken yet another step to deny LGBTQ people freedom, justice, and equity, by choosing to exclude us from the 2020 Census and American Community Survey,” said Meghan Maury, Criminal and Economic Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force. “LGBTQ people are not counted on the Census—no data is collected on sexual orientation or gender identity. Information from these surveys helps the government to enforce federal laws like the Violence Against Women Act and the Fair Housing Act and to determine how to allocate resources like housing supports and food stamps. 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?”
The census will include the “relationship to householder” query on the 2020 form.
“But, as we previously mentioned, data from the relationship to householder question presents a very narrow depiction of the needs and experiences of our community. This question captures only same-sex couples living in the same household. All single LGBTQ people are left out, and so are LGBTQ people in different-sex relationships, including millions of bisexual people. There is no reporting on transgender people whatsoever,” said Jorge Amaro of National LGBTQ Task Force.
Amaro goes on to say that the Trump administration has removed sexual orientation and gender identity questions from two Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) surveys, “indicating a pattern of eradicating LGBTQ people from data collection instruments. If permitted to continue unchecked, the Administration might begin targeting even questions like the relationship to householder question, which has been successfully fielded for years,” said Amaro.
National LGBTQ Task Force want to get to the bottom of this omission asking Congress to step in to monitor the pretermission if necessary.
"We call on President Trump and his Administration to begin collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data on the American Community Survey as soon as possible and urge Congress to conduct oversight hearings to reveal why the Administration made the last-minute decision not to collect data on LGBTQ people," said Maury.