The United States Census, which takes place every 10 years, has never asked questions regarding sexual orientation or gender identity among the plethora of income and race questions they ask...and according to a report today, that won't change anytime soon.
The Census did include some light data about same-sex households in the last census, but says they included the questions released on Tuesday by accident.
You see, the Census office released the categories of questions they planned to ask which included Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as a "Proposed" category... and then promptly announced that was included by mistake.
Now, it would appear, the Trump administration would rather erase LGBTQ citizens from history entirely by not counting us in the first place. As said at the beginning of this article, we haven't been counted before... so does it really matter?
It does... in the sense that by getting an accurate count of individuals that identify as LGBTQ, the government can construct appropriate public programs to cater to that specific group, as they do for various racial and age groups throughout the country.