If They Don't Count Us, We Don't Count: Trump Administration Rolls Back Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection

LGBT Health. 2017 Jun;4(3):171-173. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2017.0073. Epub 2017 Apr 28.


The Trump Administration recently removed sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions from a national aging survey, and decided not to add a sexual orientation category and a transgender identity field to a national disability survey as planned. These actions have raised concerns that the major expansion of SOGI data collection on surveys and in clinical settings, which has occurred in recent years, may be under threat. SOGI data collection is essential to understand lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health and the extent to which LGBT people access critical social services, including elder and disability services essential for living in community.

Keywords: disparity; electronic health record; sexual orientation and gender identity data; survey.

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Data Collection* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States