● The census encourages self-identification. For every census question, including the "sex" question and the race and ethnicity questions, the census encourages respondents to respond with answers that feel most accurate to them.
● The Census Bureau doesn't compare responses to any other records. Some transgender and nonbinary people have identification documents -- like driver's licenses or birth certificates -- that reflect their gender. Others have not updated their identification documents. The Census Bureau respects respondents' self-identification on the census form and does not compare your census responses to any other document or record.
● If the "sex" question is left blank, or both responses are checked, the Census Bureau will fill in what it assumes is the "correct" answer. If a form appears incomplete or inaccurate, the Census Bureau may follow up to get the form completed. But if it cannot get in contact with the respondent, it uses "imputation," a process that employs statistical modeling to determine the most likely answer to a question. Meghan Maury is policy director at the National LGBTQ Task Force, which currently runs the Queer the Census Campaign. Meghan received a law degree from Georgetown University Law School, an associate's degree from Holyoke Community College, and bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts.