Velte on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & the Census

Kyle Velte (University of Kansas School of Law) has posted Straightwashing the Census on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: The Trump Administration’s recent decision to reject proposed sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions from the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey — a component of the Census — received widespread attention. Many critics of this decision focused on the symbolic effect of the decision — when one is not counted as a matter of data, one does not count as a matter of morality or humanity. While visibility is important for such symbolic reasons, it is also important as a matter of policy, power, and economic justice. The U.S. government uses population data to drive policy decisions about the allocation of $675 billion in federal funds, most of which is apportioned to anti-poverty programs. It uses this data to assess the effectiveness of these anti-poverty programs vis-à-vis different demographic…

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