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senate Bill S. 3314

Should the Census Ask About Sexual Orientation?

Argument in favor

The U.S. Census and the American Community Survey play important roles in the distribution of federal funds, social services coverage, and political representation. It’s important for their data to accurately reflect the American population as it is, and that’s only possible by including questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.

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09/09/2018
I think by having a better understanding of our population we can use that information to back up a push for rights and benefits of the LGBT community
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Christina's Opinion
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09/09/2018
The U.S. Census plays a big role in the distribution of federal funds, social services coverage, and political representation. It’s important for it to accurately reflect the American population which can only be done by including questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. Since the LGBTQIA+ community largely favors this, so do I.
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Michael's Opinion
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09/09/2018
When people do not have the best interests of the LGBTQ community in mind when making decisions about our future that is a problem. If we as a country know how many people will be effected by the decisions we make that adds value. Information and knowledge is power. As a gay person I deserve to be counted and have my government know, we are a large and powerful community. Not having accurate statistics of minority groups gives the white male majority in government to continue to discriminate.
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Argument opposed

The Census Bureau has already concluded that there is “no clear federal data need” for these questions’ inclusion in its surveys. Additionally, it's questionable whether this information can be safely collected without risking LGBTQ individuals’ safety and employment, especially in states without anti-discrimination laws applying to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dave's Opinion
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09/09/2018
Census should be only a head count, it’s getting a little too personal and not on a needed to know bases. Industry and government has too much information as is. People are a Heinz 57 in race, religion and country of origin. Most is useless information as shown with DNA.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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09/09/2018
It’s never asked about heterosexuality or asexuality and apparently that’s still not vital to know, so NO. Stay out of issues you plan to discriminate on down the road.
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Lilly.Forest's Opinion
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09/09/2018
That is ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THE CENSUS’ BUSINESS! That it is even a question is disturbing!
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      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJuly 31st, 2018
    I think by having a better understanding of our population we can use that information to back up a push for rights and benefits of the LGBT community
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    Census should be only a head count, it’s getting a little too personal and not on a needed to know bases. Industry and government has too much information as is. People are a Heinz 57 in race, religion and country of origin. Most is useless information as shown with DNA.
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    It’s never asked about heterosexuality or asexuality and apparently that’s still not vital to know, so NO. Stay out of issues you plan to discriminate on down the road.
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    That is ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THE CENSUS’ BUSINESS! That it is even a question is disturbing!
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    The U.S. Census plays a big role in the distribution of federal funds, social services coverage, and political representation. It’s important for it to accurately reflect the American population which can only be done by including questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. Since the LGBTQIA+ community largely favors this, so do I.
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    No! It isn’t relevant nor is it anyone’s business.
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    Sexual orientation is irrelevant to the census report.
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    For those of you wanting a list of the mentally ill in this country, I refer you to the republican voter registration lists. Sexual orientation is not a mental illness. Dogmatic allegiance to fact-less propaganda, be it based on ideology or religion is.
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    When people do not have the best interests of the LGBTQ community in mind when making decisions about our future that is a problem. If we as a country know how many people will be effected by the decisions we make that adds value. Information and knowledge is power. As a gay person I deserve to be counted and have my government know, we are a large and powerful community. Not having accurate statistics of minority groups gives the white male majority in government to continue to discriminate.
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    I don’t think there is any need for the Census to be collecting this kind of information. Even though I think this bill is well-meaning, I fear this data could be used for discriminatory purposes.
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    NO! It’s no one’s business what a person’s sexual orientations!!!
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    There is no need for the government to have this information. It provides a database for discrimination.
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    The ACLU and the LGBTQ community support this bill introduced by Kamala Harris. While I have reservations about the possible misuse of this information I can also see the advantages of having the data in aggregate form. The advantages outweigh the reservations and for that reason I would urge representatives to support this Census data addition.
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    Head count only
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    Sexual orientation has no place in the census.
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    That is beyond an invasion of privacy! It is Orwellian!!
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    This is only a head count. Citizenship, religion and race should not be included in the census
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    I do not trust why they would want to do that.
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    Absolutely not.
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    Not necessary! I totally respect those whose identity is non-standard. I believe in 100% equal rights for all LGBTQI - but this is not necessary.
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