President Donald Trump is under fire from LGBT activists over the federal government’s decision not to include gender identity questions in the 2020 Census, The Hill reports.
By law, the Census Bureau must inform Congress about the form that the Census will take three years before the survey is actually taken. In a draft version of the document, sexual orientation and gender identity were among 51 questions that people would be asked by census takers.
However, the final document published on Tuesday did not include those categories.
“The Subjects Planned for the 2020 Census and American Community Survey report released today inadvertently listed sexual orientation and gender identity as a proposed topic in the appendix. This topic is not being proposed to Congress for the 2020 Census or American Community Survey,” the Census Bureau said in a statement, according to The Washington Times.
They added that they weren’t included because there was no “federal need” for them.
The questions weren’t asked in the 2010 Census, but the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, then under control of the Obama administration, had asked for the questions to be included.
Liberals, needless to say, were furious at the change of course under the Trump White House.
“The Census Bureau is really missing an opportunity to serve the federal agencies and the American people,” Meghan Maury, director of the Criminal and Economic Justice Project at the National LGBTQ Task Force, said, adding that the government “can’t make the right choices about how to allocate those resources if they don’t have a sense of what the LGBTQ community looks like.”
The Human Rights Campaign, another LGBT organization, also filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census, asking for documents relating to their communication with the Trump administration on the matter.
Of course they did, because whenever something like this happens, it must be some sort of sinister conspiracy from the Trump administration. Probably at the behest of Vladimir Putin.
However, the Census Bureau has decided to treat LGBT individuals like every other American who will take the Census. Isn’t that what we should want?
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