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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Characteristics Subcommittee

The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Characteristics (SOGISC) Subcommittee promotes coordination between federal agencies on issues relating to measuring sexual orientation and gender identity in federal data collections.

The SOGISC Subcommittee advises the FCSM and the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP) on SOGISC measurement issues, provides technical assistance as needed across Federal agencies on SOGISC measurement issues, and oversees meetings of the FCSM Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Characteristics (SOGISC) Interest Group.

SOGISC Subcommittee Charter

SOGISC Subcommittee Membership List

Federal Resources

NIH Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office

The Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) coordinates sexual and gender minority (SGM)-related research and activities by working directly with the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. Their website provides a number of resources, including publications, information about SGM measurement and data collection, and webinars.

Healthy People 2030

Healthy People identifies public health priorities to help individuals, organizations, and communities across the United States improve health and well-being. Healthy People 2030, the initiative's fifth iteration, builds on knowledge gained over the first four decades.

Recommendations on Best Practices for the Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data on Federal Statistical Surveys

The Office of Management and Budget issued this report in January 2023. The report highlights the importance of continual learning, offers considerations for including SOGI items on surveys, provides example approaches for collecting and reporting this information, offers guidance on how to safeguard SOGI data, and concludes with a summary of challenges that need further research.


Non-Federal Resources

The Williams Institute

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. The Institute disseminates its research to policymakers, judges, the media, and other stakeholders to ensure that decisions impacting the lives of millions of LGBT people and families are based on data and facts.

California Health Interview Survey

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is the nation's largest state health survey and a critical source of data on Californians as well as on the state's various racial and ethnic groups. Policymakers, researchers, health experts, members of the media and others depend on CHIS for credible and comprehensive data on the health of Californians.

National Academies | Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation for the National Institutes of Health

This study brought together a multidisciplinary team of experts to develop clear guidelines outlining the guiding principles and best practices for collecting sexual orientation and gender identity information in research and non-research surveys to improve the NIH’s ability to identify and address the specific needs of these populations.

Urban Institute | Do No Harm Guide: Collecting, Analyzing, and Reporting Gender and Sexual Orientation Data

This guide provides a series of considerations and recommendations regarding collecting, analyzing, and communicating quantitative data on gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation relying on more than two dozen original interviews, a scan of the existing literature, and evaluations of existing data sets from around the world.

DISCLAIMER: Materials posted on this page are released to inform interested parties of research and to encourage discussion. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the FCSM or the participating agencies.