Civil Rights

California Sen. Harris bill would add sexual orientation, gender identity questions to 2030 Census

As the typically dry process of preparing for the Census moves further into the political arena, Sen. Kamala Harris is pushing to add a new set of questions on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Harris introduced a bill in the Senate Tuesday that for the first time would require the federal government to ask the questions on the 2030 Census. The answers would help paint the most detailed portrait of LGBT America to date, providing a wealth of data that advocates say would help combat discrimination and put a spotlight on the challenges the community still faces.

“The spirit of the census is that no one should go uncounted and no one should be invisible,” Harris said in a statement. “We must expand data collections efforts to ensure the LGBTQ community is not only seen, but fully accounted for in terms of government resources provided.”