An annual survey from the Census Bureau aims for better data on the LGBTQ+ population

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09/24/2023

AYESHA RASCOE, HOST: What is your current gender? And what best represents how you think of yourself? Gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual – or do you prefer a different term? Those are some of the kinds of survey questions the Census Bureau wants to test next year. It’s part of a long-running push for better statistics about LGBTQ+ people that could be used to fight against discrimination. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang has been tracking these efforts and joins us now. Welcome to the program. HANSI LO WANG, BYLINE: Thank you, Ayesha. RASCOE: So where might people start seeing these questions? WANG: We’re talking about experimental forms for the American Community Survey. That’s an annual survey that many households around the country have received. And it’s not the once-a-decade census, but it is a major survey, and adding these questions would change a really important set of government statistics. And if the White House approves this test, about a half-million households will be asked to participate.

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