Co-Sponsor the LGBT Data Inclusion Act

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. 

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End For-Profit Prisons

With more than 2.2 million people incarcerated today, the United States locks up more of its population than any other country, except the tiny island nation of Seychelles. Mass incarceration destroys lives, families and communities, and disproportionately
impacts African-American and Hispanic communities. Mass incarceration has been fueled by draconian criminal justice and immigration policies, ICE mandated bed quotas and by a mistaken view that for-profit corporations can provide a cheap solution to a growing
inmate population. As a key component of our criminal justice, operations of prisons and immigrant detention centers, should be carried out by those responsible to the American people with an eye towards keeping us safe, not those responsible only to shareholders
with an eye towards increasing profit margins.

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Co-Sponsor the LGBT Data Inclusion Act

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. 

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