Trump officials ‘blocked US Census data collection’ concerning LGBT

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: President-elect Donald Trump (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump officials revoked Obama-era requests for data on LGBT people to be collected in the census according to the recently revealed documents coming from NPR saying that Julián Castro, who served as Urban Development Secretary under Obama, argued that “valid, reliable, and nationally representative data on sexual orientation and gender identity are essential”. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice under Loretta Lynch, who is LGBT supportive, formally requested “that the Census Bureau consider a new topic in the ACS relating to LGBT populations”. Letters obtained and published by Democratic Senator Tom Carper show that the under the Attorney General Jeff Sessions who opposes LGBT rights, Department of Justice vetoed the inclusion of sexuality and gender identity. After the transition, an official representing the Census Bureau had written to the Department of Justice suggesting the “appropriateness” of the measure had been questioned. The letter asks the Department of Justice to deny or confirm proceeding the Obama-era request. Department of Justice confirmed it would be withdrawing the request claiming “Your letter asks if the Department still wishes to maintain that request, and you have further indicated that a response is needed immediately. Because such a request requires thorough analysis and careful consideration, the Department is unable to reaffirm its request.” After the Trump administration withdrew the request, the Census Bureau publicly announced it would not add questions on sexual orientation and gender identity.
A public statement said: “We carefully considered this thoughtful request and again worked with federal agencies (…) Our review concluded there was no federal data need to change the planned census and ACS subjects.”


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