Trump’s Administration’s Report on the 2020 census is a blow to many Americans, especially to the LGBTQ community.
On Tuesday, March 28, morning, according to The Washington Times, the Census Bureau released its list of proposed subjects for 2020, and said “sexual orientation and gender identity” were new additions. However, only a few hours later, the Census released an update that cancelled the brand new proposal of sexual orientation.
“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 bureau said in a statement provided by the Times.
The current census only allows for a snapshot of same-sex households. However, Democrats in Congress had pushed for more specific questions around sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Washington Times also stated that a spokesman for the bureau indicated, after studying the questions raised by Congress, there was no “federal need” for that information to be collected.
With more detailed data and focused questions, law makers would be able to provide better legislation to improve the lives of LGBTQ citizens.
However, with the new 2020 Census, it is more likely for the LGBTQ community to face many difficulties. As reported by The Advocate, LGBTQ citizens have a high chance of struggling with economic hardships, especially poverty.