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Commentary Census Ignores Transgender People


Writing for The Progressive Media Report, Kalil Cohen argues that the 2010 census shortchanges transgender people by not allowing them to identify as anything other than male or female.

"The reality is that there are not only two sexes, but these are still the only two options on the 2010 census form," Cohen writes. "This leaves people who fall outside the categories of 'male' or 'female' unable to identify themselves on the census. This prevents transsexual, transgender, intersex and other gender-variant individuals from accurately being counted by the 2010 census."

Cohen believes the census's limiting of gender description to male and female will hinder funding for programs benefiting gender-variant people.

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