What the 2020 census can — and can’t — tell us about LGBTQ people

The 2020 census provides limited data on LGBTQ people, focusing mostly on same-sex households and leaving out other LGBTQ individuals.

The big picture: The census results released Thursday showed states along the West Coast and in the Northeast have the highest shares of households with same-sex couples.
* This constitutes the federal government’s most comprehensive statistics on married and unmarried same-sex couples living together to date.

Limitations: LGBTQ individuals who are not living with a partner or are in different-sex relationships remain unaccounted for in these data sets.
* The census forms included questions about sex and household relationships, but not sexual orientation or gender identity, resulting in an incomplete picture of the LGBTQ population.

Biden administration efforts: The administration is working to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in future surveys, conducting experiments and allocating $10 million for research.
* The American Community Survey, sent to 1 in 38 households every year, may potentially feature these questions in upcoming editions.

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