|Posted:||December 23, 2020 11:33 AM|
|From:||Representative Malcolm Kenyatta and Rep. Jessica Benham|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Data For LGBTQ+ Lives|
|Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals face health and other disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, substance abuse, and mental health disorders. However, we can never fully address these problems without understanding their full scope and breadth of the problem. One reasons for this is the lack of routine data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity.
We will soon introduce a legislation aimed at remedying this issue.
Our proposal would require all state forms which collect demographic information to contain a voluntary LGBTQ+ identifier question for respondents to answer. This small, yet substantial change would not only begin to amass a more accurate accounting of the LGBTQ+ population in Pennsylvania, but it would also allow the Pennsylvania General Assembly to begin proposing initiatives that could make a positive impact in the LGBTQ+ community and potentially save lives.
Please consider co-sponsoring this critical piece of legislation.