Caitlin Flynn
March 30, 2017 12:34 pm

For years, LGBT advocates have lobbied for the national Census to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity — so it was considered a major victory when an initial proposal of the 2020 Census included these queries for the very first time. However, it was short-lived — the final report was delivered to Congress today, and the Census no longer includes LGBT questions.

The use of the word “corrected” is merely a cowardly way of sending the loud and clear message that only straight and cisgender lives matter.

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One of the key purposes of the national Census is to determine how and where to allocate resources — so the erasure of the LGBT and gender identity questions puts the queer community at risk.

There has been a rise in anti-LGBT legislation since Trump’s inauguration — like the reversal of the transgender bathroom bill put in place by Obama, and a number of states have already proposed anti-trans bathroom bills. On top of that, anti-LGBT hate crimes are on the rise.

The government needs to make the allocation of resources to this community a priority, and that’s not possible if the Census doesn’t even acknowledge that these individuals exist.

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