Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Sent By:
Eric.vanderVort@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Co-Sponsors (107): Representatives Alma Adams, Pete Aguilar, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Brendan F. Boyle, Anthony Brown,  Julia Brownley, Salud O. Carbajal, Tony Cardenas, André Carson, Matt Cartwright,
Kathy Castor, Judy Chu, David N. Ciciline, Katherine M. Clark, Yvette D. Clarke, Wm  Lacy Clay, Steve Cohen, John Coneyers Jr., J. Luis Correa, Charlie Crist, Joseph Crowley, Elijah Cummings, Peter A. DeFazio, Diana DeGette, Rosa L. DeLauro, Suzan K. DelBene,
Mark DeSaulnier, Theodore E. Deutch, Eliot L. Engel, Adriano Espaillat, Elizabeth H. Esty, Dwight Evans, Lois Frankel, Ruben Gallego, John Garamendi, Al Green, Luis Gutierrez, Colleen Hanabusa, Denny Heck, Brian Higgins,  Jim Himes, Jared Huffman, Sheila Jackson
Lee, Pramila Jayapal, Henry C. Johnson Jr., William R. Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Ro Khanna, Daniel T. Kildee, Derek Kilmer, James R. Langevin, Rick Larsen, Barbara Lee, Sander M. Levin, Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Carolyn B. Maloney,
Sean Patrick Maloney, Doris Matsui, Betty McCollum, Donald A. McEachin, James P. McGovern, Gregory W. Meeks, Grace Meng, Gwen Moore, Seth Moulton, Jerrold Nadler, Grace F. Napolitano, Donald Norcross, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Beto O’Rourke, Frank Pallone, Jimmy
Panetta, Bill Pascrell, Scott H. Peters, Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, David E. Price, Mike Quigley, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen M. Rice, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Raul Ruiz, Linda T. Sanchez, Janice D. Schakowsky, Adam B. Schiff, Jose E. Serrano, Kyrsten
Sinema, Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Adam Smith, Darren Soto, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano, Dina Titus, Paul Tonko, Niki Tsongas, Nydia M. Velazquez, Timonthy J. Walz, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Peter Welch, John A. Yarmuth,
Doris Matsui

Endorsed by (44): Center for American Progress, The Williams Institute, Human Rights Campaign, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, National Center for Transgender Equality, True Colors Fund, Transgender Law Center, National Center for Lesbian
Rights, GLSEN, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, National Black Justice Coalition, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Women’s Law Center, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Anti-Defamation League,
The Trevor Project, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, New York City Anti-Violence Project, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, PFLAG, LULAC, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, NALEO Education Fund, Advocates for Youth,
National Coalition for LGBT Health, South Asian American Leading Together (SAALT), Advocates for Children and Youth, Third Way, National Organization for Women, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, American Psychological Association, The Guttmacher Institute,
Bend the Arc Jewish Action, National Council of Jewish Women, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, American Association of University Women
(AAUW), OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women (PA NOW), Ni-Ta-Nee NOW (Centre County), Children First for Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Dear Colleague:

During the past few months, LGBT data collection has been under attack from the new administration. In March, HHS decided to eliminate questions
about gender identity and sexual orientation from a survey on older Americans. Just last week, they decided to reinstate the sexual orientation demographic questions, however the gender identity
demographic questions were not reinstated, excluding transgender people in this partial victory. In addition, earlier this year the Census Bureau published the
final version of the 2020 Census that lacked questions on sexual orientation and gender identity. The current lack of population-based data on the LGBT community inhibits the creation of sound public policy as well as the delivery of effective programs and
services to all who live in this country. Expanding and improving data collection and analysis about LGBT people is essential to better understanding the issues affecting our communities and to improve the health and well-being of all of our families. 

Join me as a cosponsor of the bicameral LGBT Data Inclusion Act, a necessary bill that would require uniformity among all federal agencies to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity. This bill would apply to federal
surveys that currently include demographic data, information about the race or ethnicity, sex, and age of a survey participant through self-reported information or proxy reporting by a head of household, such as the Census. In addition, this bill includes
the implementation of a process for federal agencies to routinely assess changes needed in the collection of this data. This will provide enough flexibility for federal agencies to use the most effective data collection methods and improve its measurement.

For more information or to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill, please contact Eric van der Vort at eric.vandervort@mail.house.gov in my office.

Sincerely,
/s

Raúl M. Grijalva                                                               
Member of Congress  

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