This should come as no great surprise. If it’s not outright denial we exist, it’s more subtle forms like this. No acknowledgement means no true number of how many gays, lesbians, bisexuals and especially transgender people there are in the country so they don’t have to set aside any specific amount of money for something like, say, healthcare.
LGBTQ advocacy groups are outraged after proposed questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity were quickly removed Tuesday from a just-released draft of the 2020 U.S. Census.
The U.S. Census Bureau, which is part of the Department of Commerce, is required to issue a list of categories it plans to track three years before the survey is conducted. Tuesday’s list showed categories ranging from race and gender to the type of plumbing in homes and the length of a person’s daily commute to work. Each category is followed by a table showing the federal agencies that rely on the data to make decisions about law enforcement, health care, equal employment opportunities and more.