(NPR) — Here are two policy proposals that could change how LGBTQ people and those with roots in the Middle East or North Africa can identify themselves on the next census — and provide better insight into the U.S. population:
The Biden-Harris administration is poised to revive proposals that could change how LGBTQ people and people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa can identify themselves for the next census.
While Biden's transition team has not announced any specific policies yet for the next once-a-decade tally of the country's residents, the president-elect's campaign has previewed what could end up on the new administration's agenda. They include ideas that gained steam during the Obama administration but stalled after Trump took office.
One proposal by the Biden campaignwould require the Census Bureau to gather voluntary information about people's sexual orientation and gender identity through its census forms and survey questionnaires — a policy that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris supported as a senator.
Another Biden campaign proposal is creating a new category on census forms for people of Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) descent, including Arab Americans.