Gathering Lgbt Census Facts Is ‘Vital’ To Federal Agency, Record Shows

Collecting LGBT Census Data Is ‘Essential’ To Federal Agency, Document ShowsEnlarge this image toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images Mario Tama/Getty ImagesThe U.S. Census Bureau has never asked Americans about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Still, the Census Bureau concluded “there was no federal data need” to collect this information, the bureau’s outgoing director, John Thompson, wrote in March.
“Sexual orientation and gender identity” was originally listed as a “proposed” topic before it was removed in a revised report.
In March, the Census Bureau was caught in a controversy over its report of planned topics of questions for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey.
Questions about sexual orientation were recently removed from draft questionnaires for a couple of federal surveys about older Americans and people with disabilities.

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