June 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
LGBT ‘health data collection’ bill introduced in D.C. Council
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D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large) co-introduced a health data collection bill last week. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

D.C. Council members David Grosso (I-At-Large) and Robert White (D-At-Large) introduced a bill last week that would require the D.C. Department of Health and the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education to collect demographic data on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of their public health surveys of adults and students.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Health Data Collection Amendment Act of 2018, among other things, would require the two city agencies to utilize annual health surveys to understand the health barriers impacting the LGBTQ community,” according to a statement released by White.

In a separate statement, Grosso said that although the city’s education department is already collecting some data pertaining to LGBT students, a decision by the Trump administration to cut back on LGBT data collection in various federal surveys makes it necessary for D.C. to expand its own data collection in this area.

“At a time when the federal government is retreating from its responsibility to protect everyone’s human rights, we must ensure that D.C. is doing everything it can to ensure those rights,” Grosso said. “Part of that is documenting the health disparities that affect our LGBTQ neighbors so that we can target interventions to end those disparities,” he said.

In addition to Grosso and Robert White, the 11 remaining Council members, including Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) all signed on as co-introducers of the bill.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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