The Trump Administration has announced that the 2020 census will not gather vital information regarding LGBT+ populations.
An original draft of the US 2020 census had proposed tallying sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in its existence, but such questions did not make the final cut. Same-sex unmarried partners were firsts represented in the 1990 decennial survey, however that has never been questions to identify LGBT+ individuals.
The current census format provides only an silhouette of same-sex households, with Democrats in Congress pushing for more specific questions around sexual orientation and gender identity to improve census results. With more in-depth knowledge about LGBT+ people, their lifestyles and living arrangements, the government and law makers would be better equipped in providing appropriate and better legislating in protecting and improving the lives of LGBT+ people in America.
The news comes following growing concerns for the welfare and safety of queer people in Trump’s America. Activists have dubbed the news careless and neglectful, with many referencing the idea that refusing the gather data on LGBT+ populations is not a neutral act, but groundwork for the denial of rights and protections.
BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census and American Community Survey https://t.co/WZm8pBqhmM #lgbtq pic.twitter.com/vNxet7I8bG— The Task Force (@TheTaskForce) March 28, 2017
Meghan Maury, Criminal and Economic Justice Project Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, released a statement following the news declaring that 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.”
“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?”