MIL-OSI USA: Ahead of Pride Parade, Rep. Maloney, Former Councilmember and Activist Daniel R. Dromm Urge Passage of LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (12th District of New York)

New York, NY – Yesterday, ahead of the Pride Parade, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), former Councilmember Daniel R. Dromm, and LGBTQI+ activists gathered to urge immediate Senate passage of the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act. 

The bill, which passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, June 23, ensures that lawmakers and federal agencies have the comprehensive data they need to advance policies that better serve LGBTQI+ people by requiring federal surveys to include data collection on sexual orientation, gender identity, and variation in sex characteristics, on a voluntary basis. Agencies would be required to identify and employ appropriate methods to include questions on sexual orientation, gender identity, and variations in sex characteristics.  Data collected under the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act would be inform policies that address inequities LGBTQI+ people face, including disproportionate rates of poverty, housing instability, adverse physical and mental health outcomes, discrimination, and more.

“Pride Month is a celebration of the immeasurable contributions made by LGBTQI+ people in every aspect of American life. It is also a reminder of our continued mission to ensure that EVERY community in the United States is treated with equality and respect. House Democrats knew we had to meet this moment and I am proud that we did just that by passing the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act. The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act, which was introduced by my friend, Representative Raúl Grijalva, would bridge longstanding gaps in the collection of data pertaining to our nation’s LBGTQI+ communities. The bill will help us and other policy makers develop policy solutions that support and empower these communities,” said Rep. Maloney.

“Invisibility is one of our biggest enemies,” said former NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm who passed similar limited legislation in the NYC Council. “Congresswoman Maloney’s legislation makes us visible and says that we count. Now city agencies will no longer be able to say they are preempted from LGBTQI+ demographic data collection due to federal regulations. This is so important because data drives so many issues from funding to the provision of services. I thank Congresswoman Maloney for this groundbreaking legislation. Now let’s get the Senate to pass it, too!”

“We know, from the surveys that currently exist, that LGBTQI+ people are already at a disadvantage in many areas of life – from healthcare to housing, to employment, and much more,” said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. “Turning the knowledge of those disparities into action that will close the gap requires a much more systematic and consistent effort. The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act will provide that framework so that elected officials, government agencies, the private sector, and the public can better meet the needs of LGBTQI+ people and ensure we are included in every facet of our society. We call on the U.S. Senate to take up this important legislation, pass it, and send it to President Biden for his signature.”

“Including questions about gender identity and sexual orientation in federal surveys is vital to identifying and eliminating health disparities,” said Asa Radix, MD, Senior Director of Research and Education at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. “Without data as evidence, our policymakers cannot allocate dedicated funding to the people and places that need it most. Passing The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act and signing it into law will have far reaching effects on research, public policy and the health and wellbeing of LGBTQI+ communities.”

“Celebrating Pride Month means embracing the freedom to be visible as our authentic selves, which why SAGE is proud to support the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act,” said Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE.  “For far too long, LGBTQ+ elders were forced to live in the closet, to remain invisible. Now is the time to pass federal legislation for LGBTQ+-inclusive data collection, so all members of our community can be seen and counted, just as they have always deserved.”

“Stonewall Community Development Corporation is very proud to join the call for immediate Senate passage of the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act.  Collecting data is the critical first step to formulating policy issues and allocating public resources.  Not collecting SOGI data is a social injustice to the LGBTQI+ community. This is long past due for correction,” said Paul Nagle, Executive Director, Stonewall CDC.

“As a safe space with full services for NYC youth, especially LGBTQI+ young people, The Door is pleased to support the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act and grateful to see it become law,” said Door CEO Kelsey Louie. “Inclusive, accurate data informs and leads to inclusive policies that serve our communities more effectively. As we prepare to march in celebration and support of LGBTQI+ people, it feels apt to renew our commitment to LGBTQI+ rights. This legislation will enable targeted funding to address distinct LGBTQI+ needs and issues, such as housing and health care, job security, insufficient workplace resources, and sexual harassment. Thanks to Rep. Grijalva, Chairperson Maloney, and all who voted to pass this bill.”

“Good policy is often driven by good data,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act will help to ensure that policy makers have accurate data about our community, which can lead to important policy reforms. From NCTE’s experience with the US Trans Survey, we know that our community wants to be seen, wants to be heard and wants to be counted.”

“It’s past time that LGBTQ Americans are counted in all federal surveys. Only then will we be able to grasp the scope of the problems facing our community and allocate the resources necessary to improve public health outcomes. The limited data available on LGBTQ youth makes our mission to end LGBTQ youth suicide all the more challenging,” said Casey Pick (she/her), Senior Fellow for Advocacy and Government Affairs.

“Good policy is often driven by good data,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act will help to ensure that policy makers have accurate data about our community, which can lead to important policy reforms. From NCTE’s experience with the US Trans Survey, we know that our community wants to be seen, wants to be heard and wants to be counted.”

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