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Collecting Data About LGBTQI+ and Other Sexual and Gender-Diverse Communities

The Center for American Progress
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Collecting Data About LGBTQI+ and Other Sexual and Gender-Diverse Communities

You can measure what you can't see

In this Center for American Progress article, you'll learn about:

  • The importance of SOGI data at the population health level

" This means that more than 5 in 6 LGBT adults cannot be identified by existing questions in nonexperimental surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau such as the ACS and the census, which only account for cohabitating same-sex couples.15 Failing to collect SOGISC data creates real harms—hindering the ability to fully understand the experiences of LGBTQI+ communities; to craft sound policies that are inclusive of LGBTQI+ people and their needs; and to evaluate the effectiveness of policies to address disparities and promote more equitable outcomes. "

  • Priorities for ongoing research

" CAP recommends multiple avenues for future research. Employing a two-step approach to measure gender identity using two questions that interact to provide adequate information about a respondent’s gender and transgender identity, status, or experience is a valuable approach. "

  • Benefits of community based surveys

" Unlike general population surveys, LGBTQI+ community-based surveys provide an opportunity for researchers to use a broader range of terminology and response options to better capture the diversity of LGBTQI+ identities, because they are surveying among a group of people who are more fluent in terms relevant to SOGISC questions.90 "


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