After facing pressure from various groups and advisers, the US Census Bureau decided to keep a question on sexual orientation. The question is part of a marketing survey for the 2020 Census.
In March, both the Bureau and Trump administration faced criticism for not including this question. The Bureau claimed they ‘inadvertently’ included a question on sexual orientation. Consequently, the final draft removed it.
The marketing survey helps the Bureau assess the national Census. It attempts to understand why certain portions of the population don’t participate.
During a call about the survey, NPR obtained notes revealing staffers debating the question’s removal.
Now, they have reversed the decision to keep the question off the survey.
‘Make no mistake – public pressure on the Trump Administration works,’ said Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force about the decision.
‘It was messages from the members of the National LGBTQ Task Force and our partner organizations that compelled the Census Bureau to reverse their appalling decision to stop counting us.’
LGBTI advocates have long fought for inclusion in the Census. Many say a more accurate count of the LGBTI population will help fighting discrimination and misrepresentation.
Carey continued: ‘Data about the LGBTQ community is absolutely crucial to ensuring that we are distributed the resources we need, that we are represented, and that the most vulnerable in our community are protected.’