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Why federal LGBTQI+ data collection should concern state, local officials

In January, the Biden-Harris administration rolled out its Federal Evidence Agenda on LGBTQI+ Equity, which directed federal agencies to begin collecting sexual orientation and gender identity — or SOGI — data in census surveys and on federal forms like benefits applications.

The administration says this data’s being collected to “advance equity for LGBTQI+ Americans” by learning more about them, but this brings up questions about what state and local governments might do with that data if they get it.

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