MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Bass Votes to Advance Equity for LGBTQ Community

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Karen Bass (37th District of California)

June 23, 2022

Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass voted for legislation to better identify inequities harming LGBTQ Californians and equip the federal government to more effectively serve the LGBTQ community.

The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act will help shine a light on inequality in housing, health care, education, employment and more by requiring that federal agencies’ voluntary public surveys include questions pertaining to sexual orientation, gender identity and variations in sex characteristics.

“As our nation celebrates Pride Month, the Democratic House has proudly taken action to lift up the voices and experiences of LGBTQ Californians.” said, Rep. Bass. “ For too long, federal data collection has left out key demographic information on sexual orientation, gender identity and variations in sex characteristics.  This legislation will help shine a light on the needs of LGBTQ Californians and ensure that federal resources are being deployed fairly and equitably.”

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recently found that gaps in public data collection have led to a “dearth of programming and services that address the specific needs of sexual and gender diverse individuals.”  The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act will help close this gap, directing federal agencies to identify and update surveys that do not currently include demographic information on the LGBTQ community.  This legislation also ensures that federal data collection continues to abide by applicable confidentiality and privacy standards.

The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act has been endorsed by more than 170 civil rights, public health and scientific organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, the Center for American Progress, the American Psychological Association, interACT, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, GLSEN and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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