Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
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Original Cosponsors: Schiff, Cardenas, Higgins, Maloney, Swalwell, Moore, Schakowsky, Frankel, Peters, Maloney, Moulton, Delbene, Bonamici, Kildee, Titus, Engel, Watson Coleman, Napolitano, Lowenthal

Supporting organizations (16): Center for American Progress, GLSEN, Guttmacher Institute, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP, NALEO Education Fund, National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Transgender Equality, National
LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, PFLAG, The Trevor Project, The Williams Institute, Third Way, Transgender Law Center, True Colors United

Dear Colleague:

Please join me as an original cosponsor of the
LGBT Data Inclusion Act
, a bill that would improve our Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain federal surveys, including the Census.

The lack of current population-based data on the LGBT community is striking and prohibits us from having comprehensive information on the issues affecting our communities. To better address and deliver effective programs, services and policies we must have
a representative count of all members of our community.

As the Trump administration continues to
on LGBT rights, we must ensure that there aren’t additional barriers that prevent us from obtaining robust data that would help create sound policy.  

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. 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

Bill language remains the same from last introduction. For more information or to sign on as an original co-sponsor of the bill, please contact Sayanna Molina in my office at


Raúl M. Grijalva                                                               
Member of Congress

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