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Trump-Pence Administration Abandons Effort to Add Politically Motivated Citizenship Question to 2020 Census
LGBTQ Californians Would Have Been Disproportionately Harmed by Undercount, More Likely to Live in Poverty and Rely on Federally Funded Social Safety Net Programs
July 2, 2019 at 3:26 pm

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July 2, 2019

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California (English) and Beatriz Valenzuela, Equality California (Español)
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

WASHINGTON — After the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump-Pence Administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census on Thursday, June 27, a U.S. Justice Department spokesperson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that the Administration has decided to begin printing the census forms without the question. The Administration had previously told the Court that the deadline to begin printing the forms was July 1.

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur:

“The Administration’s decision confirms what we’ve known all along — that adding a citizenship question to the census was not necessary, but instead a politically motivated attempt to undermine a fair and accurate count in 2020.”

If the Administration had added a citizenship question to the 2020 census, U.S. Census Bureau experts estimated 6.5 million people living in the United States might not be counted. An undercount caused by the inclusion of an untested and unnecessary citizenship question would have ha devastating effects on California, which has the highest immigrant population in the country, and on the LGBTQ community in particular, which has been designated as a “hard to count population” by both the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Complete Count Office.

LGBTQ people are also more likely to live in poverty, experience homelessness and food insecurity and thus rely on social programs for which census data determines levels of federal funding, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) commonly known as “food stamps.”

The California Complete Count Office has awarded Equality California Institute a $400,000 grant to lead a statewide outreach effort to encourage LGBTQ Californians to participate in the 2020 census.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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