Expanding LGBTQI+ Inclusive Data Collection Will Advance Equity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rachel Hooper, [email protected]

WASHINGTONMeeta Anand, senior director of the Census and Data Equity Program at the Leaders’ Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the House passed HR 4176, the Data Inclusion Act LGBTQI+:

“LGBTQI+ communities deserve to be reflected in federal data collection so that their experiences and needs can be considered in government policies, programs and funding investments. Expanding LGBTQI+ inclusive data collection will advance equity by capturing a more comprehensive, accurate, and data-based understanding of the experiences of LGBTQI+ communities and ensuring that funding and services are distributed equitably. As we close out Pride Month, we urge the Senate to pass this bill addressing this important issue.

Background:

The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act will require the voluntary collection of information about sexual orientation and gender identity in federal investigations. Collecting demographic data that includes sexual orientation and gender identity is essential to gaining an accurate and comprehensive understanding not only of LGBTQI+ people and their experiences in key areas of life, such as health, housing, employment, economic security and the use of public benefits, but of all our vulnerable communities.

On April 25, 2022, the Leadership Conference Education Fund released “Information Nation: The Need for Improved Federal Civil Rights Data Collection.” The new report urges the Biden administration to restore and expand the scope, frequency, and public accessibility of federal data collections, to identify equity gaps and solutions to address them.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. The Leadership Conference works for an America that lives up to its ideals. For more information about the Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

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