Rep. Aguilar Supports Gathering Accurate Data to Meet the Needs of LGBTQI+ Individuals in the Inland Empire
WASHINGTON, DC — Last night, Rep Aguilar voted to pass the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act (H.R. 4176), which ensures federal agencies already collecting demographic data to include information on sexual orientation, gender identity and variations in sex characteristics in their surveys. Accurate data will allow lawmakers to adequately consider policy solutions addressing the deep disparities facing individuals in the LGBTQI+ community.
“As we celebrate Pride month, action to support and protect LGBTQI+ individuals in the Inland Empire and across the country is necessary,” said Rep. Aguilar. “From housing to health care, we lack accurate data about our LGBTQI+ neighbors. I voted for this bill to ensure LGBTQI+ individuals and their experiences are included in federal surveys and to allow Congress to better meet the needs of this community.”
The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act has been endorsed by more than 170 LGBTQI+ civil rights, public health, and scientific organizations, including: the Human Rights Campaign, the Center for American Progress, the American Psychological Association, interact: Advocates for Intersex Youth, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, GLSEN, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Whitman-Walker Institute, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and more.
Rep. Aguilar serves as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and as a member of the House Committee on Appropriations.