"It ain’t pretty."
The U.S. Census Bureau’s first-ever survey on LGBTQ Americans has revealed that they’ve been hit especially hard by economic troubles during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, experts have warned against drawing too many conclusions from the survey’s early results.
The Bureau recently released its finding from its ongoing Household Pulse Survey. The survey, conducted every several weeks, examined the pandemic’s effect on people’s lives this year. The Bureau has been conducting surveys like this one for over 80 years, but this is the first one to ask about respondents’ sexual orientation and gender identity.
In the survey, respondents could self-identify as either “gay or lesbian”; “bisexual”; “something else”; “I don’t know”; or “straight, that is not gay or lesbian.” They could also self-identify their gender and status as either cisgender or transgender, although results for transgender respondents of all genders were released as one category alongside cis men and cis women. Experts have warned that such labels may miss people who are queer but don’t identify with those labels.