Equality California
2010 Legislation

Data Inclusion Act

Bill Number: AB 1878

AB 1878 is the first bill in the nation that would require the state to add questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and domestic partnership status in the voluntary demographic section of California’s government forms, enabling the state to gather vital data about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s use of public services, such as health care, unemployment, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and programs for women, infants and children. This data will help the state to deliver the right level of services to the community.

Currently the state collects little data on the LGBT community. With additional data, the state can ensure that LGBT Californians receive the services they need to take care of their families and to lead healthy lives.


Status: AB 1878 was introduced on February 17, 2010. It passed the Assembly Business, Professions & Consumer Protection Committee on April 20. The bill is in suspense in Assembly Appropriations Committee. A version of this bill will be introduced in the 2011-2012 legislative calendar.