LGBTQ protest, with the banner ‘Solidarity’.

Queer erasure in the US census

On 1 April 2020, against the backdrop of an international public health emergency, the United States of America conducted its 24th national census — one of the largest data collection exercises in history.

The US census did not ask a question about sexual orientation but it did frame queer identities in a way that endorses a potentially dangerous precedent for future data collection exercises.