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The next US Census won't count LGBT Americans. Activists say they're being abandoned.


The U.S. Census in 2020 won't separately count LGBTQ Americans and has removed a gender and sexuality category, the Associated Press reported. Gay rights groups argued this was a sign President Trump was backing down on a campaign promise to protect them. 

The agency said the report "inadvertently" listed sexual orientation and gender identity as a proposed topic in the appendix, and has since "corrected" the mistake. "This topic is not being proposed to Congress for the 2020 Census or American Community Survey," a statement read.

They can't address what they can't see. They're making it so there's no information to understand the needs of the LGBT community.
Laura Durso, Center for American Progress

Gay rights group insist the Census Bureau's comments mean the category was meant to be included in the census but was later removed. 

The bureau counts Americans according to race, gender and other characteristics that help lawmakers decide how to dole out taxpayer money for government services. The Census has collected data on same-sex couples since 1990, according to its website. But activists say that method provides inaccurate numbers.

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