LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act Reintroduced

On June 9, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) reintroduced the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act in both the House and Senate. The bill aims to improve Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys, and for other purposes.

“The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act will help policymakers and leaders understand the full extent of the discrimination our LGBTQ+ community faces and how to better serve our constituents as we work toward fairness, freedom, and full equality,” said Senator Baldwin.

In 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published a report detailing the need for comprehensive and robust data for the LGBTQI+ community. Among the 65 civil rights, public health, and scientific organizations supporting the bill are the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, Center for American Progress, Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, and Whitman-Walker Institute.

In June 2022, the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act passed in the House on a 220-201 vote, but ultimately failed to progress any further. 

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