Trump’s CDC to roll back LGBT health data collection: report
by Chris Johnson
May 18, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control is set to roll back data collection on the health of LGBT people from a major federal survey, according to an LGBT think-tank.
A CDC official disclosed the changes Thursday at a Denver conference hosted by the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement
The official reportedly said the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System — which CDC provides to states to find data on risk behaviors and health conditions — will no longer include an optional module on sexual orientation and gender identity starting next year.
Kerith Conron, research director at the Williams Institute, said the federal government is “shirking its responsibility to LGBT Americans” by removing the LGBT module.
“The BRFSS is one of the few federally supported data collection activities that make the needs of LGBT people known to governmental agencies responsible for the safety, health and welfare of the public,” Conron said.