Advisory Committee to Examine How to Better Capture LGBT Data for Census

As first mentioned on the blog Joe. My. God. and further detailed at BuzzFeed, the Census Bureau will be seeking input on how to address capturing better that may have a positive affect for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBTs):

With the formation of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, however, the Census Bureau today stated that it will be seeking advice from the 31-member committee “on topics such as housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race and ethnicity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other populations.” Specifically, the Bureau noted, the committee will provide advice on “a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau’s programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census.”

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…among the 31 members appointed to the committee is Shane Snowdon, who heads the LGBT Health and Aging Program of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT political organization. Also named was Charlotte Patterson, a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Virginia. According to her UVA biography “she is best known for her studies of child development in the context of lesbian- and gay-parented families.”

I’ve always thought that we are severely underrepresented in any type of head count. In the last census there was nothing for me to indicate that I was part of the gay community aside from my relationship status. Being a single guy meant that I wasn’t counted.

The 3% number that has been tossed around most recently was arrived upon from the gathered data in the last census. Like any data collection you make some assumptions based on what you’ve collected to come up with an adjusted average of the whole. Since they were only counting same-sex relationships, there’s a whole host of the community on whom they missed gathering data. I’ll look forward to this process improving and that percentage number moving up, as we all know it should.

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