Federal Health Survey to Ask About Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

According to a recent Washington Post article, the National Health Interview Study will begin to ask particpants about their sexual orientation/gender identity beginning in 2013. While many may argue that this information is irrelevant, it’s actually extremely useful for collecting data on a huge (ironic, isn’t it?) minority group within the United States. The article touches on the fact that the LGBT population was essentially invisible to the surveyors. David Brown, the author of the post, writes that “researchers knew in the 1990s that gay, lesbian and transgender people constituted a population whose medical needs and experience with the health-care system were different from those of other groups…but the disparities couldn’t be understood in detail because most survey data couldn’t be analyzed on the basis of sexual orientation or identity, the way it could be with race or ethnicity”. Does this mean they’ll finally ask about us on the census? Only time will tell!

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Michaela

Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.