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Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Research Group

The Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Research Group explores the best practices of the measurement of SOGI in the context of Federal information collections. The Group provides ongoing opportunities for individuals interested in statistical methods or data quality related to SOGI to interact, exchange information, and explore issues related to this topic.

SOGI Research Group Charter

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. 

CMS Sexual and Gender Minority Clearinghouse 

The Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Clearinghouse is designed to help improve the understanding of sexual and gender minority health and disparities, and provide information on health care access, health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Use this Clearinghouse as a resource to find surveys that include questions about sexual identity, attraction, and behavior. It also includes data on gender identity and household relationships. 


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.

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