Census leaves out LGBTIQ Aussies
Anna Brown the CEO of Equality Australia has called out the Australian Government for one again leaving out LGBTIQ Aussies.
“The release of census data gives us fascinating insights into the diversity of the Australian community – what we believe, what language we speak at home, rates of chronic disease, and other key demographic data that will inform crucial decisions about what services are provided to communities, and where.
But once again, lesbian, gay, bi+, transgender, intersex and queer people are not properly represented in the census data, because the ABS and the minister responsible at the time failed to ensure much-needed questions about sexual orientation, gender identity or variations in sex characteristics were asked or asked properly.
Until we’re counted, we’ll remain invisible.
That’s why – with the first release of 2021 census data – our communities are coming together again to say that it’s time for the Census to stop leaving LGBTIQ+ people out, and count us in.
Anna Brown, CEO of Equality Australia
Photo: Canberra locals at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2022.