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He acknowledged his estimate has “substantial limitations,” adding that the only way to do better is to use nationwide surveys.
Gates has spent most of his career trying to convince survey writers to better include LGBT Americans in their research. Major breakthroughs have been made. In 2013, after years of consultation, the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey included a section on sexual orientation. As a result, nationally representative data is available for the first time on lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans — but asking questions on gender identity is still a long way off.
That’s partly because there is disagreement about what it means to be transgender, and because of some people’s reluctance to identify themselves that way.