U.S. Census Bureau, LGBTQ Americans Are Americans, Too
In the wake of the LGBTQ rights movement, the U.S. Census Bureau was in talks of adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to a long-awaited report outlining new categories to the 2020 survey. Tuesday, March 28, 2016, the Bureau had admitted that it had “inadvertently” included “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” This is even though other federal agencies had urged the Bureau last year to add the categories. The president’s administration has sent a discouraging sign to LGBTQ Americans and its allies – that LGBTQ concerns are frivolous and unimportant.
With the victory of marriage equality coming from the Supreme Court Case – Obergefell v. Hodges, the census has the chance to change the way it tracks same-sex households. In the midst of the numerous murders of American transgender women, the Bureau has the chance to change the way transgender people are represented by the government.