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senate Bill S. 1980

Should Federal Surveys Include Voluntary Data Collection on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity?

Argument in favor

Accurate federal counts of LGBTQ individuals plays an important role in distributing federal funds to meet this community’s needs, crafting federal policies that respond to its concerns and ensuring that federal agencies are equipped to provide the support that’s needed for these individuals. Without an accurate understanding of LGBTQ Americans’ geographic location, it’s much harder to craft federal policies that address their needs.

Aaron's Opinion
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07/31/2019
LGBTQ people are human beings first, Americans second, and patriots third. Federal law in every way needs to be changed to reflect this reality and this truth.
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Wendy's Opinion
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07/31/2019
I support the information being voluntary, as the mom of a KID affected. Unless and until the bigotry and hatred are addressed under existing laws and kids like mine aren’t discarded from their kindergarten schools because a teacher has a right to not only “have very deep beliefs” on this issue, but LOCK my child in a room and degrade him with it until I was left with a child begging to die. Without a single consequence for his Actions! Your district too Dennis Bonnen, Larry Taylor. So yeah, voluntary.
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Bill's Opinion
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07/31/2019
Since it’s voluntary, it can’t really hurt, and would allow some representation for these groups since they seem to think they don’t have one.
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Argument opposed

The decision not to include sexual orientation and gender identity questions in the upcoming 2020 Census and American Community Survey (ACS) has already been made for a good reason — specifically that such questions’ inclusion needs to be carefully considered and done cautiously. It’s questionable whether this information can be safely collected without risking LGBTQ individuals’ safety and employment.

jimK's Opinion
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07/31/2019
I support a lot of the altruistic arguments for collecting this demographic data. However, I am greatly concerned as to how it could be misused. Unfortunately, there are still bigots in our society and I would not want to give them geographic information on communities to target. Perhaps, I have no business having an opinion on this and should leave it to those who suffer this bigotry. It is just that data collected with good intentions can unfortunately, be misused by others with bad intentions.
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Bob's Opinion
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07/31/2019
A person's private sexual preferences aren't any business of the federal government.
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IllWill's Opinion
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07/31/2019
Not sure why it’s necessary to collect this kind of demographic data. Doesn’t really serve any practical purpose. LGBTQ people are just that: people like everyone else. I’m also concerned that this information could be used for sinister purposes by this President or any right-wing local politicians.
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    LGBTQ people are human beings first, Americans second, and patriots third. Federal law in every way needs to be changed to reflect this reality and this truth.
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    I support a lot of the altruistic arguments for collecting this demographic data. However, I am greatly concerned as to how it could be misused. Unfortunately, there are still bigots in our society and I would not want to give them geographic information on communities to target. Perhaps, I have no business having an opinion on this and should leave it to those who suffer this bigotry. It is just that data collected with good intentions can unfortunately, be misused by others with bad intentions.
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    A person's private sexual preferences aren't any business of the federal government.
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    Not sure why it’s necessary to collect this kind of demographic data. Doesn’t really serve any practical purpose. LGBTQ people are just that: people like everyone else. I’m also concerned that this information could be used for sinister purposes by this President or any right-wing local politicians.
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    ... I think if the LGBTQIA+ community wants to be counted then count away... but that kind of question is going to have to be framed very carefully to be inclusive. Sexuality and Gender aren’t binaries or easily defined by multiple choice. They are spectrums and fluid ones at that. Especially gender identity can fluctuate with mood and hormones. Even cis genders experience that. So it’s not that easy. Humans are a vastly variable species. 🏳️‍🌈
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    If I had a dollar for every gender, I’d have two dollars and a bunch of counterfeits! Sexual preference, however, is no business of the government.
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    Sexual preferences aren’t anyone’s business.
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    If were not even allowed to ask if someone is a citizen why would we even ask an insane person those questions. That’s mental illness they should receive help to make them normal again. #MAGA
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    IMPEACHMENT should be the only item on the agenda. Mueller made it crystal clear the President was NOT exonerated and would have been criminally charged if he was not in office. Until "Individual One" is held accountable and brought to trial, there is no rule of law in this country. Uphold the Constitution and the oath you swore to obey.
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    Why? I really am not interested in your personal bedroom life. I feel this is like when Nazi Germany allowed gays to be open. Once open then they gathered them up and they disappeared. So when you want to expose your personal life styles beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.
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    People’s sexual preference and identity is their own private issue. We shouldn’t discriminate against anyone.
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    Only if there's a citizenship question. If we're going to identify people, begin there.
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    That is nobody's business except the person in question. Considering the idiots in DC, I don't want them collecting this kind of information for fear of what they'd do with it. They're not the brightest lights in the basket nor have they proven themselves humane or compassionate. So no, no collecting this kind of data.
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    The government should not collect any data they don’t really need and if they really need it then it can’t be voluntary. Also no data should be collected until the government can say exactly what they plan to do with it.
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    Not sure why the government wants to know who is sleeping with who, but with a reality star as a president, what do I know anymore?
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    When there are these kinds of cultural data collection efforts, I always put the word “Jew” in there to see how the bill feels. It doesn’t feel good. LGBTQ are vulnerable populations. We should treat everyone with respect and provide care when needed. If we did that, we wouldn’t need this kind of granular data.
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    I support the information being voluntary, as the mom of a KID affected. Unless and until the bigotry and hatred are addressed under existing laws and kids like mine aren’t discarded from their kindergarten schools because a teacher has a right to not only “have very deep beliefs” on this issue, but LOCK my child in a room and degrade him with it until I was left with a child begging to die. Without a single consequence for his Actions! Your district too Dennis Bonnen, Larry Taylor. So yeah, voluntary.
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    Why? Doesn’t make any sense.
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    Nobody’s business.
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    It’s nothing but perversion! We don’t need to promote confusion.
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