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.
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.