‘Yet Another Step to Deny LGBTQ People Freedom, Justice, and Equity, by Choosing to Exclude Us’
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, every 10 years the federal government conducts the U.S. Census. In addition to determining the number of people living in America, the Census determines population by race and gender. It asks questions about employment, how long it takes you to get to work. How many people live in your household. If any of them are disabled. If you have a computer and access to the internet.Â If a woman has had a child in the past year. How much you pay a month in rent, or the value of your home. And more.
Every federal department and agency uses these data in a wide variety of ways, all with the goal of being better able to serve the American people, tailor their focus and programs to how people actually live, and work to create a more equal nation.
Under the Obama administration, many federal agencies requested the 2020 Census include sexual orientationÂ and gender identity. Under the Trump administration, asÂ the National LGBTQ Task Force first noted, those were proposed subjects in theÂ Trump Administration’s report submitted to Congress on Tuesday, and on the same day, removed.
I have been talking about the importance of data collection and LGBTQ folks for years. We just want to be counted. https://t.co/eMB6DBRGmP
â€” Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 29, 2017
The Task Force notes the Trump administration’s report already “conspicuously excluded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people on the list of ‘planned subjects.'”Â
The Washington Blade reports, “Trumpâ€™s U.S. Census proposes, immediately cuts LGBT survey questions.” The Blade notes the U.S.Â Census Bureau issued a statement “indicating the report was corrected because the initial appendix ‘inadvertently’ included LGBT categories.”
â€œThe Subjects Planned for the 2020 Census and American Community Survey report released today inadvertently listed sexual orientation and gender identity as a proposed topic in the appendix,â€ the statement says. â€œThe report has been corrected.â€
â€” The Task Force (@TheTaskForce) March 28, 2017
The Task Force does not see the latest version as corrected, however.
â€œToday, the Trump Administration has taken yet another step to deny LGBTQ people freedom, justice, and equity, by choosing to exclude us from the 2020 Census and American Community Survey,” saysÂ Meghan Maury, Criminal and Economic Justice Project Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, in a statement.
“LGBTQ people are not counted on the Censusâ€”no data is collected on sexual orientation or gender identity. Information from these surveys helps the government to enforce federal laws like the Violence Against Women Act and the Fair Housing Act and to determine how to allocate resources like housing supports and food stamps,” Maury adds.Â “If the government doesnâ€™t know how many LGBTQ people live in a community, how can it do its job to ensure weâ€™re getting fair and adequate access to the rights, protections and services we need?â€
Indeed, here’s why that’s so very true.
Last year The Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen noted, “the Census Bureau could easily produce a crystal-clear figure if it asked about sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Transgender women of color faceÂ horrific levels of violenceÂ andÂ homicide. ButÂ how manyÂ of them are there?Â Census data showsÂ that 36.3 percent of all women in the country are women of color but thereâ€™s no way of knowing how many of them identify as transgenderâ€”especially when the best estimate of the trans population has doubled in the last five years.
Allen spoke withÂ Laura Durso, senior director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress:
â€œWhen we canâ€™t say things about who LGBT people are and what they need, weâ€™re unable to develop public policies that serve them appropriately,â€ Durso told The Daily Beast. â€œIt really kills me that weâ€™re having these consequential policy debates and I canâ€™t put a number on how many people are affected.â€
On social media, LGBT activists and allies reacted immediately, united around the hashtag,Â #CantEraseUs.
Hateful step backward. We worked hard to achieve this originally because full/proper census essential for provision of critical services. https://t.co/Yxy5HPlJig
â€” (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) March 29, 2017
EXCUSE ME?!?!ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ Are you just not acknowledging there existence? Their contribution as American citizens? Will you return their paid taxes? https://t.co/ehKccCgqP0
â€” Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 29, 2017
â€” AVP (@antiviolence) March 29, 2017
So does this mean if i won’t exist on the 2020 census i don’t have to pay my taxes like our president? #CantEraseUs
â€” Fresonke (@JayFresonke) March 29, 2017
â€” Ashley âœŠðŸ¼ ðŸ³ï¸â€ðŸŒˆ (@mouseam) March 29, 2017
â€” Lucy Flores (@Lflores7) March 29, 2017
The Trump Administration is erasing “sexual orientation” & “gender identity” from the 2020 census — but they #CantEraseUs 1/4
â€” HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) March 29, 2017
â€” Will Scheffer (@schefferwill) March 29, 2017
â€” Ilana (@ilana_mollie) March 29, 2017
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Watch: Merrick Garland Calls Trump’s Bluff, Strikes Back at MAGA World’s False Claims in Mar-a-Lago Raid
Attorney General Merrick Garland in an exceptionally rare public statement told the American people Thursday afternoon that he personally approved the search warrant used to enter Mar-a-Lago and confiscate the 10 to 12 cartons of federal government property, which reportedly included classified documents. He also called Donald Trump’s bluff, announcing he has asked a federal court to unseal the search warrant, which will allow the public to know what laws DOJ believes he has violated.
Noting that Donald Trump made public the raid on Mar-a-Lago and the Dept. of Justice did not, Garland cited “the substantial public interest in this matter,” in announcing his move to have the documents unsealed.
“The department did not make any public statements on the day of the search,” Garland stated. “The former president publicly confirmed the search that evening, as is his right. Copies of both the warrant and the FBI property receipt were provided on the day of the search to the former president’s counsel, who was on site during the search.”
That statement refutes the false claims made by many on the right that FBI agents refused to hand over the search warrant or inventory list.
“The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause, the property receipt is a document that federal law requires law enforcement agents to leave with the property owner,” he added, making clear that a federal judge did agree there was probably cause to execute a search.
“Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly, without fear or favor, under my watch that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing. All Americans are entitled to the even handed application of the law, to due process of the law and to the presumption of innocence.”
“I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland announced, which was largely assumed.
Merrick Garland: “First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter. Second, the department does not take such a decision lightly.” pic.twitter.com/q6h0BbNBrY
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 11, 2022
Garland also responded to the growing chorus of far right wing extremists, pundits, and even and GOP lawmakers who are attacking DOJ.
“Let me address recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors. I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants every day. They protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their safety, while safeguarding our civil rights. They do so at great personal sacrifice and risk to themselves. I am honored to work alongside them. This is all I can say right now.”
Watch Live: Attorney General Merrick Garland to Make a Statement This Afternoon
Attorney General Merrick Garland will deliver a statement Thursday afternoon at 2;30 PM ET, the Dept. of Justice has announced.
The subject of his address was not included. A gunman threatened and attacked an FBI Field Office in Ohio earlier Thursday, and the far right and Republicans have been outraged over the execution of a search warrant by the FBI Monday at Mar-a-Lago, which resulted in the confiscation of classified materials and federal government property.
Watch live below.
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Nearly Half the Country Supports FBI Mar-a-Lago Search – Only Republicans Are Opposed, New Poll Shows
Americans on the right are so outraged the FBI, having probable cause and a federal judge’s signature on a legal and valid search warrant, showed up at Mar-a-Lago Monday to confiscate what we now know were between ten and 12 cartons of federal government property, including classified documents.
Trump supporters upon hearing the news almost immediately began calling for civil war, with right wing media including Fox News and other far right outlets reinforcing those attacks.
But a brand new poll just released finds that, as with most issues, Republicans stand alone in their opposition and outrage.
“Just about half of registered voters approve of the FBI search of Trump’s Florida compound,” reveals Politico’s Morning Consult polling, published Thursday afternoon.
Specifically, 49 percent of registered voters support the raid. 37 percent, slightly more than one-third, oppose it, and 13% don’t know.
But the political breakdown reveals what many would expect.
84% of Democrats support the FBI’s execution of the search warrant on the former president’s home.
47% of independents also support the raid, with just 33% opposed.
But a whopping 72% of Republicans are opposed to the FBI’s actions, and just 15% are in support.
The Morning Consult poll also finds that a “majority of voters believe Trump either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ broke the law while he was president.”
That includes 90% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 24% of Republicans.
We’ve got an exclusive snap poll with Morning Consult that was conducted on Wednesday with some early reaction to the FBI’s search of DONALD TRUMP’s Mar-a-Lago compound. See the findings in today’s Playbook PM: https://t.co/WG3q4dEL7X pic.twitter.com/HS57ErPw9q
— POLITICO Playbook (@playbookdc) August 11, 2022
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