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Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity on the American Community Survey (United States Census Bureau)

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This presentation will outline research underway at the United States Census Bureau to test sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions on the American Community Survey (ACS). Not having population-level data from a census is one of the major challenges in studying the characteristics of the LGBTQIA+ population. The ACS is the largest demographic survey conducted by the United States government, sampling 3.5 million housing units and group quarters each year, thus allowing for information for small populations. The current research will consist of both cognitive and field testing. Cognitive testing will include testing of questions in English and translation and testing of questions in Spanish. Field testing will include self-response using both paper and internet modes and examine question wording, response options and placement. One important area of research this testing will illuminate is the quality of proxy reporting of SOGI information in demographic surveys.