Census suggests counting LGBT, then "corrects" and deletes

However, government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Census Bureau's National Health Interview Survey have struggled to get a handle on the numbers.

The data collected is used to inform decisions regarding community government representation, the distribution of public funds, and, in general, suggests how the population is changing and what their needs might be, but on Tuesday, it was revealed that a list of planned subjects for the 2020 census submitted by the Trump Administration was actually changed to exclude asking about Americans' sexual orientation and gender identity.

It quoted Census Bureau Director John Thompson, as saying: "Our goal is a complete and accurate census".

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since "corrected" the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category.

The 2020 Census will not ask people about their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a Tuesday announcement. We carefully considered this thoughtful request and again worked with federal agencies and the [Office of Management and Budget] Interagency Working Group on Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to determine if there was a legislative mandate to collect this data.

The report outlines the importance of including these questions in either the decennial U.S. Census or the newer and more detailed annual American Community Survey, which was established in 1985 and seeks to ascertain socio-economic and housing statistics. That may be why a question about "sexual orientation and gender identity" has mysteriously disappeared from 2020's proposed list.

New questions are added more frequently to the American Community Survey than the census. "The report has been corrected".

There is no "federal need" to collect information on sexual orientation, said a Census Bureau spokesman, who told the Times that members of Congress approached the Census to include questions on sexual orientation.

The Census has never included these questions before, and experts on the process warn that the details of inserting new categories and topics into the official survey can take years to iron out and implement.

The census will include the "relationship to householder" query on the 2020 form.

'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?'

This isn't the first time that the Trump administration has stripped LGBTQ questions from a national survey.

If you were to read some of the more hysterical headlines being churned out by certain elements of the gay press - which are, in turn, being shared far and wide by and among the Left's outrage industry - you might be forgiven for concluding that President Trump has just ordered an act of statistical genocide against the LGBTQ community.

  • Archie Newman