by Rex Wockner
The California Assembly passed a resolution Aug. 23 urging Congress and President Barack Obama to require that the next census count LGBT Americans.
Introduced by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, the measure passed 49-25. It previously passed the Senate 22-9.
“All segments of our nation’s diverse population need to be counted by the U.S. Census,” said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors. “By ensuring that the LGBT community is counted, our state and federal government will have the necessary information to address the needs of our community.”
Kehoe said: “LGBT families and households are disproportionately underserved and more likely to live in poverty. We call on the U.S. Congress and the president to ensure that every person living in the U.S. is counted and has access to culturally competent health and human services.”