Common Cause
Common Cause campaign leader

The U.S. Census is a vital component of our system of representative government. An accurate census apportions power fairly and helps ensure that government agencies base their decisions on data and facts.

Right now, the questions we use to count LGBTQ Americans don’t paint the full picture -- asking only if someone lives with a “same-sex” spouse or partner. But new legislation would add questions about sexual orientation and gender identity as well.

Individual responses to these questions will remain completely private, but the aggregate data is invaluable. Community groups, public agencies, and LGBTQ Americans need this information to advocate for civil rights and to fight discrimination. Asking specifically about sexual orientation and gender identity will help us identify and fix inequities in health and wellbeing for the LGBTQ community, particularly among transgender people.

In order for the census to best serve all Americans, we must pass the Census Equality Act.

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