ANN ARBOR—ICPSR has joined a group of 90 organizations that support the passage of the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act, expected to be reintroduced during the 118th Congress in June 2023. The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act would facilitate the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed demographic data on sexual orientation, gender identity, and variations in sex characteristics across federal surveys, while maintaining necessary confidentiality and privacy standards that govern federal statistics. 

“This legislation is essential to better understand the experiences of LGBTQI+ communities, generate policy solutions that are inclusive of LGBTQI+ people and their needs, and to evaluate the effectiveness of those policies to reduce disparities and advance equity,” said Jon Freeman, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. “This includes the educational and career barriers that LGBTQI+ people face in STEM.”

ICPSR Director Maggie Levenstein said, "ICPSR supports the production of high-quality federal statistical data that allows for research and policymaking that serves the needs of the people of the United States. This legislation is an important step in enabling such analysis." 

A copy of the bill language is available at congress.gov.

 

Related: Celebrate Pride Month With Data Resources From ICPSR

 

Contact: Dory Knight-Ingram

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