FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2010
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Equality California Calls for Addition of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity in 2020 Census
EQCA-sponsored resolution by Senator Christine Kehoe urges federal government to count lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in US Census
Sacramento -- Yesterday, Senator Kehoe (D-San Diego) introduced a joint resolution sponsored by Equality California, urging the federal government to include questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2020 Census questionnaire. The resolution, SJR 28, calls on the US Congress and the President to revise the Census survey and to collect data identifying LGBT people living in the US.
"All segments of our nation's diverse population need to be counted by the US Census," said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California. "By ensuring that the LGBT community is counted, our state and federal government will have the necessary information to address the needs of our community."
The United States Census does not currently include questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Data collected by the Census, as mandated by the US Constitution, is used to determine the number of seats allocated in the House of Representatives as well as the dissemination of federal funding for hospitals, job training centers, schools, public works projects and emergency services.
"LGBT families and households are disproportionately under served and more likely to live in poverty," said Senator Kehoe. "We call on the US Congress and the President to ensure that every person living in the US is counted and has access to culturally competent health and human services."
April 1 is Census Day, the deadline for individuals to complete and postmark their 2010 Census forms.
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed over 60 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org