Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The 2020 US #Census - How It's Advancing and How It's Still Behind The Times | @AkieshaAnderson @hansilowang #Ancestry #FamilyResearch

So earlier this month (April 2018) the Census put out some really great information (at least that was my first thought) about how they are going to be now "counting" same-sex marriages! YAY! Here is a screen shot from this link:


However ... if you read and listen to (podcast at the bottom) the following two articles they'll explain why, though this IS a step forward, it still leaves out a whole lot that could have also been beneficial in the long run.

Akiesha Anderson's Article in The Conversation ::

The census will officially count same-sex couples for the first time ever – but that's not enough

Akiesha Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles

Although LGBT people are becoming more visible in society, federal data reveal little about the U.S. LGBT population and its needs.


In a first in U.S. history, the U.S. Census Bureau will explicitly count same-sex couples living together in the 2020 census.


The decision to ask about same-sex relationships, announced on March 29, is an important change that will improve the quality of the data.


Yet the 2020 census and most federal surveys don’t ask people to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity. That means there’s no official count of LGBT people in the country, and most government data sets cannot be used to assess the LGBT population at the national, state or local level. Such information would help policymakers, researchers and advocates understand the particular needs of this population and design effective policies and programs.


As a legal scholar who studies federal sexual orientation and gender identity data, I know that currently there are many unanswered questions about LGBT people’s employment, housing and family circumstances; their health and well-being; and the discrimination and disparities they face.


If the census and other federal surveys included sexual orientation and gender identity, we would know so much more.


What the 2020 census will capture

The decennial census is one of the nation’s most important data collections. It’s the constitutionally mandated official headcount of people living in the U.S. and is the principal way to determine political representation throughout the nation.


Although the census is collected only every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau regularly conducts numerous other surveys, including the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey. The data from these and other federal surveys are often used in conjunction with decennial census data to influence law and policy. These data also determine the annual distribution of more than US$675 billion of federal funding.


In the past, demographers analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data had to use complicated and imperfect systems to estimate the number of cohabiting same-sex couples living in the U.S. The current estimate is that are 646,500 same-sex couples living together in the U.S.


The 2020 census will allow respondents to describe their relationship to members of their household using the categories “same-sex husband/wife/spouse” and “same-sex unmarried partner.” In the past, this was not the case.





2020 census question.
U.S. Census Bureau



The 2020 census will better count the number of married and unmarried same-sex couples living together. Respondents’ answers will provide a wealth of information about same-sex couples’ diversity, their children and living arrangements, employment rates and incomes.


Gaps in the data

By capturing distinct data only on same-sex couples living together, however, the 2020 census will tell us nothing about the entire LGBT population, including LGBT people who are single or bisexuals in different-sex relationships. Nor will it capture specific data on transgender youth and adults.


During the Obama administration, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies asked the U.S. Census Bureau to collect sexual orientation and gender identity information. However, the Trump administration withdrew these requests, against the objection of members of the U.S. Senate, LGBT rights groups, researchers and others.


The U.S. Census Bureau’s director stated in a blog post that “there’s no federal data need” nor any statutory requirement to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data.


It’s true that Congress has failed to pass legislation that would require the census to add sexual orientation and gender identity questions. However, as the U.S. Census Bureau has acknowledged, various questions are included on the decennial census or other surveys because “the data are needed for program planning, implementation or evaluation” even though “there is no explicit mandate or requirement.” Moreover, the Department of Justice and other agencies’ requests to the U.S. Census Bureau clearly articulated the federal need for this data.


Only a few federal surveys currently capture information about sexual orientation and gender identity. That suggests that such items could easily be added to the census and other federal surveys that ask about people’s demographics.


Beyond the decennial census, the Trump administration has rolled back sexual orientation and gender identity data collection in other federal surveys.


Why it matters

Businesses, government agencies, journalists, researchers and others use U.S. Census Bureau data to understand the socioeconomic characteristics of the nation. Without an accurate count, many public and private programs and services may not effectively reach vulnerable LGBT populations.


Moreover, there are federal laws and programs in place designed to increase access to employment, housing, health care and other services. But without inclusive data, policymakers, social service providers and others can’t know if these activities meet the needs of LGBT people and help them thrive. Without this information, stereotypes and myths may drive policies that impact LGBT people.


For example, despite the popular stereotype of LGBT affluence, studies suggest that some LGBT people are more likely than their non-LGBT counterparts to be in poverty. Also, despite the belief that marriage equality would result in full societal acceptance, many LGBT people throughout the nation continue to face persistent and pervasive discrimination.


What’s more, the LGBT population faces numerous health disparities compared to the non-LGBT population, such as higher rates of substance use, depressive symptoms and suicide attempts.


Existing data show that the LGBT population is remarkably diverse and that the experiences of LGBT people are shaped by many factors, including race, age, socioeconomic status and education level. But existing data are not enough. The U.S. Census Bureau’s failure to ask sexual orientation and gender identity questions makes it hard to know much about the intersections between LGBT status and other characteristics.


In my view, if policymakers want to truly understand and attempt to meet the diverse needs of LGBT people, then more inclusive data ought to be collected. And the U.S. Census Bureau – with its vast surveys, strict confidentiality and expertise – is the ideal agency to lead the way.


Akiesha Anderson, Law Fellow, Williams Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.



Hansi Lo Wang's Podcast & NPR Article called, "2020 Census Will Ask About Same-Sex Relationships" ::

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My #23andMe Unboxing and Setup

Okay ... If you remember my Christmas haul video then you'll recall I got a 23andMe Health & Ancestry testing kit for Christmas from my Mom!! And I'm excited to show you this video as you'll see me unboxing it and setting it up!


If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sharing My #Genealogy Excitement! | #BookTube: My Christmas "Haul" 2017 Highlights

Jessica's Christmas Haul is here ... it's mostly just highlights of a few of the gifts she have received. I am so excited for them!!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

A #Genealogist's Christmas Wish List | @Ancestry @NYTArchives #Ancestry #ChristmasFun #Holidays #photography

Earlier today I found some great social media posts put out by Ancestry and I thought I'd share the fun with you!

Here is the first one from their Instagram account that talks about "A Genealogist's Wish List" (it's going to be written down underneath the photo just encase you cannot read it):

If you can't read the above photo here is what it says...

A Genealogist's Wish List
  • 1890 Census
  • Some spit from my dead Great-Grandmother
  • A Brick-wall Buster K3000
  • The restoration of records from 3 burnt courthouses
  • That missing page from my ancestors pension file
  • The long-lost Family Bible
That's not too much to ask, right?


Then ....... later on today I found this tweet that @Ancestry had retweeted from @NYTArchives about the Rockefeller Christmas Tree!!

If the Twitter link (above) doesn't work than check out this snapshot from @NYTArchives's post link...


I hope you all are enjoying putting up and holding your own holiday traditions this year ... now if only Santa would somehow find a way to complete that above wish list. Does anyone have some spare magic dust to help out? =0)

Monday, November 27, 2017

My Mother's Family Tree Display | #FamilyTree #Genealogy #HomeDecor

So this past Thanksgiving I spent it at my parents house and I wanted to show off the lovely family tree photo display that my mother has created in her entryway on her living room wall. She has it so she can interchange and update the photos when needed but has a great mixture of old and new photos.

Here is what I posted of her display recently on my Instagram account:

But to get a better view check out this photo:

I really love it! She did such a good job! Does anyone have anything similar in their homes?
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