This article by Dawn Ennis at lgbtq nation lays out the facts really clearly:
The 2020 US Census wasn't going to measure us, even before Trump took office. It has never measured LGBTQ people.
What has changed is the Trump administration's position towards including LGBTQ people in the the annual American Community Survey, the preliminary step towards being included in the every-ten-year census.
As demographer Gary Gates explained,
"Despite advice from the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development suggesting a strong federal need for better data on the LGBT population, the Bureau now argues that such need does not exist... Their change of heart from at least considering LGBT inclusion in the ACS to now ruling it out offers evidence that the Census Bureau isn’t telling the whole story and may have let politics interfere with decisions about content.”
It's a more nuanced truth than what was reported, about we LGBTQ people being "erased" from the census - as we were never counted in the first place.
But it's still not good news.
At least now we have the scoop.
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