WASHINGTON D.C.- Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today led 96 Members of Congress in introducing bicameral legislation requiring federal surveys to include data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity. While some federal data on LGBT communities is currently collected, there is no centralized requirement prioritizing the collection of LGBT data in federal surveys which the LGBT Data Inclusion Act addresses. The reintroduction of this bill is timely given recent actions taken by the Trump Administration to undermine LGBT data collection, including the elimination of questions on sexual orientation and gender identity from consideration in the American Community Survey and the 2020 Census, and the removal of LGBT questions from an aging survey at the Department of Health and Human Services which was only partially reversed after public outcry, and continues to exclude questions on gender identity.
Senator Tammy Baldwin led 14 of her colleagues in the U.S. Senate on this bill.
In March of this year, Congressman Grijlava and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) joined forced with Adam Schiff (D-CA) in leading 86 Members of Congress in sending a bicameral letter to the U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, expressing strong disapproval of the Census Bureau’s decision to remove data collection on LGBT individuals for consideration for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS).
The full text of the LGBT Data Inclusion Act is available here.
The below orgranizations released the following statements in support of the LGBT Data Inclusion Act:
Laura E. Durso, VP of the LGBT Research and Communications Team at the Center for American Progress:
The LGBT Data Inclusion Act is endorsed by the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and 43 prominent civil rights groups, including:
Center for American Progress, The Williams Institute, Human Rights Campaign, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, National Center for Transgender Equality, True Colors Fund, Transgender Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLSEN, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, National Black Justice Coalition, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Women’s Law Center, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Anti-Defamation League, The Trevor Project, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, New York City Anti-Violence Project, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, PFLAG, LULAC, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, NALEO Education Fund, Advocates for Youth, National Coalition for LGBT Health, South Asian American Leading Together (SAALT), Advocates for Children and Youth, Third Way, National Organization for Women, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, American Psychological Association, The Guttmacher Institute, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, National Council of Jewish Women, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, American Association of University Women (AAUW), OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women (PA NOW), Ni-Ta-Nee NOW (Centre County), Children First for Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon