Dems want gender identity included in federal surveys
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A pair of Democratic senators want questions on sexual orientation and gender identity included in federal surveys. 

Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinDem senator presses Trump for combat ship funding Congressional Democrats going the wrong way on carried interest tax Dems request insider trading investigation into top Trump adviser MORE (D-Wis.) and Patty MurrayPatty MurrayOvernight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death's door Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Overnight Healthcare: CBO fallout | GOP senators distance themselves from House bill | Trump budget chief blasts score | Schumer says House bill belongs 'in the trash' MORE (D-Wash.) have introduced legislation to "improve federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys."

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The legislation would require the government to incorporate data on sexual orientation and gender identity in surveys, including the census, that collect other demographic information. 

It would give the federal agencies approximately six months to review what information is currently included and develop questions for their surveys, according to the legislation. 

Some federal surveys, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System questionnaire, already contain questions on the topics. But progressive groups, including the Center for American Progress, have urged the administration to broadly incorporate questions on gender identity and sexual orientation into agency surveys. 

The Democratic legislation wouldn't require an individual to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity and would prohibit them from facing a fine if they either refuse to answer or falsely answer a question. 

The legislation comes as broader fights over gender identity have put the issue under a national spotlight. 

The Justice Department lawsuit against HB2, a North Carolina law that requires individuals to use the public bathroom matching their gender assigned at birth, has gotten support from leading airlines, hotel chains, retailers and tech companies.

Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers have balked over guidance from the Obama administration telling public school districts they should allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identities.