A new analysis by the Center for American Progress found that a growing number of U.S. states & territories are incorporating questions about the health of LGBT people into the world’s longest continuously conducted health survey. In 2015 a record 25 states included sexual orientation & gender identity or SOGI questions in their Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System or BRFSS using a standard question module developed by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. An additional 11 jurisdictions asked different sexual orientation & or gender identity questions on their 2015 BRFSS.
Kellan Baker, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow & author of the report stated,
“Despite recent advancements, LGBT people & their families still face discrimination throughout daily life. By asking demographic questions about sexual orientation & gender identity on major surveys such as BRFSS, researchers, policymakers, community advocates & service providers gain important insights into health disparities experienced by vulnerable groups such as the LGBT population. It is time for all surveys to include questions that allow for a fuller understanding of the experiences of LGBT people & their families in health, employment, criminal justice, military service & other key areas of life.” BRFSS is an extensive nationwide system of telephone surveys conducted by all states, the District of Columbia & most U.S. territories. It is the premier source of health data that inform a wide range of funding decisions & activities conducted by both public & private players at the federal, state & local levels. The Center for American Progress analyzed the 2015 BRFSS questionnaires from all 50 states, the District of Columbia & the U.S. territories currently conducting the survey to determine how many asked about sexual orientation & gender identity & whether they used the standard SOGI module.
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