The 2020 United States census will not include questions to identify gay or trans Americans. Yet, an early draft of the census survey reveals that the Census Bureau originally meant to questions about “sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The Census Bureau said in a statement that the addition was a mistake.
“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,” the statement says. “The report has been corrected.”
Before the Bureau corrected the error, The National LGBTQ Task Force downloaded and published the original copy of the report.
The census has been conducted every ten years since 1790, as dictated by the United States Constitution. The data compiled from the survey determine essential governmental operations such as congressional representation and financial assistance.
Federal agencies and LGBT advocacy groups have called for questions to identify gender and sexual minorities. Meghan Maury, criminal and economic justice project director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, views the move as a part of a broader trend to deny LGBT Americans equal rights.
“Information from these surveys helps the government to enforce federal laws like the Violence Against Women Act and the Fair Housing Act and to determine how to allocate resources like housing supports and food stamps,” she said in a statement. “If the government doesn’t know how many LGBTQ people live in a community, how can it do its job to ensure we’re getting fair and adequate access to the rights, protections and services we need?”
During the Republican National Convention in July, Donald Trump declared that, “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens.”
As ever, Trump is an honorable man.