The Trump administration won’t count LGBTQ Americans in the next census

  • The Trump administration won’t add questions about sexual orientation or gender identity to the 2020 census.
  • This means that LGBTQ Americans will continue to go uncounted by the survey that’s intended to be the “leading source of quality data about the nation’s people,” according to the census website.
  • A draft from earlier this month of the administration’s plans for the 2020 census had included a proposal to add questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, the Huffington Post reported, but in the final report that the administration submitted to Congress this week, those subjects had been removed. Read more. (3/29/2017 11:05 AM)
  • Person: Back in my day we didn't have trans people and gay people.
  • Me: lgbt+ people have always existed since the beginning of humanity. We just didn't always have words to describe gay or trans, etc. Also we had a lack of education on lgbt+, so people just assumed that their feelings were normal and that they were straight. ALSO lgbt+ people have been killed for most of history for being lgbt+, even before there was really a word for it. Anyone who acted different was ostracized for it. And even now, we're thrown off of roofs, stoned to death and attacked on the daily. Our love is still censored and illegal. Our gender is still censored and illegal. So if you want to go through all of that, THEN you can try to tell me that lgbt+ is a new thing because people in the past couldn't come out.

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Bus with anti-transgender message is vandalized in NYC
A bus spreading a message against transgender culture was vandalized near United Nations headquarters early Thursday evening while it was parked, according to the head of one of the three groups organizing the bus tour.

“The “Free Speech Bus,” as it is called by organizers, was parked near the UN for a scheduled event when two people approached, scratched it with a key, cracked windows with a hammer, and spray painted slogans such as “Trans Liberation,” Brian Brown, president of the Washington-based National Organization for Marriage, told USA TODAY.

“Boys are boys and girls are girls - it’s very simple,” Brown said of the bus tour’s purpose and message. “We don’t want men in girl’s restrooms. We don’t want schools and our law attempting to say that people are bigoted simply because they understand that there’s a difference between male and female.”

The New York City Police Department said it took a report on the alleged vandalism and that it is being investigated as an incident of criminal mischief.

“Free speech is a constitutional right, but language has consequences that must be considered,” Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, a pro-LGBT rights organization based in New York, said in a statement e-mailed to USA TODAY.

“Trans youth already have an extremely high risk for violence, discrimination and suicide. Broadcasting a message that erases and denies the reality that transgender and intersex children and youth exist (sic) is irresponsible, factually misleading, disrespectful and dangerous,” Stern said.

Read the full piece here


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North Carolina reaches a deal to repeal HB2, but it's hardly any better than the original
The announcement comes after months of disagreement in the state about whether government may dictate which bathrooms transgender people can use.
By Claudia Koerner

Just before an important NCAA deadline that would have affected North Carolina, lawmakers there have reached a deal that replaces HB2. Unfortunately, it’s not much better than HB2 at all.

Under the new bill, the state cannot bar transgender people from accessing public bathrooms, but local jurisdictions still cannot enact their own anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT people overall. LGBT are still not protected. The measure will be considered today. 

In a statement, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he supports the compromise.

“It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation,” he said.

Unacceptable. Just unacceptable. More details to come as this unfolds today.