Demand LGBTQ Inclusion in U.S. Census

Target: John H. Thompson, U.S. Census Bureau Director

Goal: Include an LGBTQ category in the 2020 United States Census

A draft of the 2020 U.S. Census was recently released that included questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, but the draft was quickly edited and those questions removed. Officially, the 2020 U.S. Census will not include questions geared toward counting members of the LGBTQ communities in America, despite many advocacy groups campaigning for inclusion in the census.

LGBTQ Americans have not been represented in any previous U.S. Census. As a result, federal agencies that rely on census results for information have little to no data about the demographics and needs of the national LBGTQ community. The original draft of the 2020 census allowed for counting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, but those questions had been removed when the second draft was released shortly after.

According to Meghan Maury, director of the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Criminal and Economic Justice Project, “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?”  Members of the LGBTQ community deserve to be counted, recognized and represented in the 2020 census and in the work of the federal agencies that use the census for information.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Thompson,

A released early draft of the 2020 U.S. Census included questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity of American citizens, which have never been included in a U.S. Census before, but a second draft was quickly published with these questions removed.

LGBTQ advocacy groups have been campaigning for inclusion on the U.S. Census, specifically so that the LGBTQ community might be better served by the federal agencies that rely on the census for information. If lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are not counted by the census, their needs cannot be adequately served by federal agencies.

While Donald Trump made campaign promises about promoting inclusiveness and protecting LGBTQ Americans, his administration has done nothing so far to back up his claims. The removal of more inclusive questions from the 2020 U.S. Census is a step backwards in terms of expanding tolerance and civil rights in the United States. I urge you to reconsider this decision and include a count of LGBTQ Americans in the 2020 census. Those identities are just as important as those who the census already counts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ludovic Bertron

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