LGBTQ activists are concerned about the 2020 US Census because it’s not asking all the right questions —or more than one question to be exact.
An Independent article on Friday, April 6, 2018, reported that the 2020 US Census will provide an option to couples that allows them to define their relationships as either same-sex or opposite sex — and that’s the extent of it.
There will be no other LGBTQ questions asked on the census other than that mentioned above, which presents a lot of challenges when it comes to getting a wealth of information on the atmosphere of the United States’ gay population.
Not to mention, that one question has its own flaws too. Remember the question is just for American citizens who are in a relationship. So, when are other LGBT individuals able to share their sexual orientation on the census? But that’s now all.
The question also fails to account for bisexual and transgender American citizens who are in a relationship. As the question is worded now, a bisexual individual will have to answer the question with a response of either gay or straight depending on what type of relationship they are in at the time.
Then you have the transgender issue in which they won’t be able to answer the question identifying as transgender female or male in a same-sex or opposite sex relationship. The list of complications with just that one question goes on and on.
The Independent goes on to write, “Non-binary people – those who don’t define as men or women – are also left out. By defining relationships as either ‘same sex’ or ‘opposite sex’ non-binary people are very often excluded, even if they are in a relationship.”
It’s interesting that the 2020 census proposal in March actually included drafted questions about gender and sexual orientation but unfortunately, those questions were said to be “inadvertently listed” as reported by the Independent article.
It’s sad to think that our community will not be accurately surveyed in the upcoming 2020 US census. We can only hope that they decide to add pertinent LGBTQ questions before the census is conducted.