2020 Census not to Include Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A proposed addition to the 2020 census would’ve added a section for sexual orientation preferences. Now, the census bureau says that isn’t in the plan.

The LGBT community made a push for sexual orientation to be added to the census, but a statement from the census bureau director John Thompson says, “sexual orientation and gender identity will not be proposed to congress.”

Thompson also said that is was being removed due to, “an error published on the website.”

Members of the LGBT community believe inclusion in the census would help better recognize the community.

Instead, they feel political leaders want to keep the agenda the same for their own gain and keep the statistics in their favor.

“Our family’s needs are not necessarily the exact same as a straight married couple’s needs,” says Amy Bright, Executive Director of New Greenville.  “The census allows social services organizations to use that data to come up with better services to better serve our citizens, instead of just our straight counter parts.”

Bright also said certain medical services for LGBT families will continue to be unavailable.

She feels including them in the census, families can get treatment for HIV and mental health issues.

WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s