FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2010
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California Assembly Calls for Addition of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity in 2020 Census
Equality California-sponsored resolution urges federal government to count lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in US Census
Sacramento – The California Assembly yesterday passed resolution SJR 28, which calls on the U.S. Congress and President Obama to revise the Census survey and to collect data identifying LGBT people living in the U.S. Introduced by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and sponsored by Equality California, the resolution, passed by a 49-25 vote, urges the federal government to include questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2020 Census questionnaire.
“All segments of our nation’s diverse population need to be counted by the U.S. 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 U.S. Congress and the President to ensure that every person living in the U.S. is counted and has access to culturally competent health and human services.”
To find out more information about Equality California’s sponsored legislation, please visit www.eqca.org/legislation.
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