The U.S. Census Bureau is requesting $10 million to study the best way to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, aiming to gather better data on the nation’s LGBTQ population. Here are some of the questions about sexual orientation and gender identity that other federal agencies ask in surveys:
From the National Health Interview Survey:
Question: Do you think of yourself as gay/lesbian; straight, that is not gay/lesbian; bisexual?
— Something else; or you don’t know the answer
— Straight, that is not gay/lesbian
— Something else
— I don’t know the answer
— Don’t know
From the National Crime Victimization Survey:
Question: What sex were you assigned at birth, on your original birth certificate?
— Don’t know
Question: Do you currently describe yourself as male, female or transgender?
— None of these
From the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey:
Question: Do you consider yourself to be transgender?
— Yes, Transgender, male to female
— Yes, Transgender, female to male
— Yes, Transgender, gender nonconforming
— Don’t know/ not sure
Sources: Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology’s Updates on Terminology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Survey Measures and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
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