Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Bill aims to help LGBTs through gathering data

Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) has introduced a bill that would enable the state to gather data about LGBTs.

According to the LGBT advocacy group Equality California, the bill’s sponsor, it’s the first bill in the nation to include gender Identity and sexual orientation in state government forms

AB 1878, introduced Tuesday, February 16, would require the state to add questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and domestic partnership status in the voluntary demographic section of California’s government forms, enabling the state to gather “vital” data about the LGBT community’s use of public services, an EQCA statement said.

“This bill will improve the state’s ability to measure the community’s needs for such crucial public services as job training, and it will ultimately enable California to ensure that LGBT Californians, especially those living in poverty, receive the services they need to take care of their families and to lead healthy lives,” Geoff Kors, EQCA’s executive director, said in the statement.

The UCLA Williams Institute has found that California’s same-sex couples are raising children with significantly less economic resources than married parents.

“AB 1878 will help ensure that the needs of the LGBT community will not be excluded so that state services can be appropriately targeted,” Lieu, who’s running for state attorney general, said in the EQCA statement. “This bill is also about dignity and the recognition of the diversity of California.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 18, 2010 @ 1:49 pm PST
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