This may not come as news to some, technically we are a day or two late with this story, but the 2020 Census will be a little, well, annoying. The 2020 U.S. Census will ask couples living in the same household to define their relationship as “same-sex” or “opposite-sex.” Though there are still no questions pertaining directly to gender identity or sexual orientation, so transgender people and single gay, lesbian, and bi Americans won’t be counted. The Bureau had considered questions about sexual orientation, but they were nixed from the most recent draft, reigniting the debate about LGBT inclusion in the survey. No previous U.S. Census has ever included LGBTQ Americans, which makes it challenging for federal agencies and researchers to accurately track the size, demographics and needs of the community. Pride Buzz will continue to follow this story, but the questions are: If you’re LGB or T, do you care to be included in these numbers? Does this mean you have to give up your fight for equality after being counted?
Illustration: The National LGBTQ Task Force: Http://Www.Thetaskforce.Org/Sexual-Orientation-And-Gender-Identity-Erased-From-2020-Census-And-The-American-Community-Survey-Acs/
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