FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACTS: Rebecca Farmer
, Movement Advancement Projectmedia@mapresearch.org
| 303-578-4600 ext 122March 9, 2022
—Today an ad hoc panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued a groundbreaking consensus report
focused on advancing data collection on sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI), and sex, including variations in sex characteristics. The report synthesizes existing research, provides detailed recommendations about how to ask these questions, outlines key principles for advancing inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTQI) people, and articulates areas for further research. The report emphasizes that improved and standardized data collection is vital for understanding the challenges LGBTQI people face.
In response to this groundbreaking report, 190 LGBTQI and allied organizations today released an open letter calling for renewed efforts to advance SOGI and intersex data
inclusion on surveys, in administrative data, and in clinical settings. (The open letter can be accessed here.)
Data collected by private research firms suggest that there are over 13 million
LGBTQ people in the United States, and the population is growing notably. Scientific estimates suggest as many as 2-5 million Americans were born with intersex traits.
The following can be attributed to Naomi Goldberg, Deputy Director & LGBTQ Policy Director of the Movement Advancement Project:
This report is a watershed moment for LGBTQI inclusion in data collection. When LGBTQI people are not seen and counted for who we are, the challenges we experience are rendered invisible and public policies often don’t reflect our needs. The report makes clear that federal agencies can and should ask questions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and variations in sex characteristics in order to better serve LGBTQI people.
For far too long, our country's largest surveys like the Census and the American Community Survey have overlooked LGBTQI people because they haven’t included questions about sexual orientation or gender identity.
Today's report provides detailed recommendations about how to add these questions to surveys and the critical importance of doing so. I am excited to work alongside advocates, policymakers, researchers, and the Biden Administration to fulfill the promise of data equity by having these questions added to our country's surveys that shape policy, influence where dollars are spent, and provide vital data about people's experiences.
MAP's mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight and communications that help speed equality and opportunity for all. MAP works to ensure that all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities, and participate in civic life.