About the National Data
Data Source: Healthy People 2030 Database (Data2030), CDC/NCHS
Baseline: 8 national, population-based surveys collected data on (or for) lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations in 2016
Target: 10 surveys
The topic area workgroup will annually review federal, population-based surveys for their inclusion of sexual orientation questions in the instrument. Sexual orientation has three main dimensions: sexual attraction, sexual behavior, and sexual identity. Sexual attraction refers to the relationship between a person's gender and the gender(s) of the individuals to whom that person is sexually attracted (for example, whether an individual is attracted to men, women, or both men and women). Sexual behavior refers to the relationship between a person's gender and the gender(s) of the individuals with whom that person engages in sexual activity (for example, whether an individual has sex partners who are of the same sex, the opposite sex, or both). Sexual identity refers to the way a person self-identifies with a given sexual orientation (for example, how an individual thinks of the individual's self).
Many federal surveys collect household relationship data for all individuals living in the same housing unit. Household relationship data can be used to provide an indirect estimate of the sexual and gender minority population through the measurement of same-sex couples. This approach, however, does not provide a direct measure of sexual orientation, and yields an incomplete estimate, since persons not in a relationship or not living in the same household as their partner will not be identified.
1. Because Healthy People 2030 objectives have a desired direction (e.g., increase or decrease), the confidence level of a one-sided prediction interval can be used as an indication of how likely a target will be to achieve based on the historical data and fitted trend.