What happens at the intersection where queer lives meet the data practices of a national census? Who benefits and who loses? And how might collecting and presenting data about queer lives push the ideals of justice and liberation further into the distance?
Category Archives: census
LGBTQ equality: MSPs must act to restore Scotland’s reputation as a world leader
I have a comment piece in The Scotsman newspaper (17 August 2021) on why Members of the Scottish Parliament must spend less time ‘debating’ the lives of LGBTQ people and more time restoring Scotland’s reputation for progressive LGBTQ legislation. To read the article visit The Scotsman website.
Hundreds of academics back self-ID sex question in Scottish census
Ahead of Scotland’s 2022 census, an international team of over 300 scientific experts in quantitative data have written an open letter to National Records of Scotland and the Scottish Government affirming that the census should ask about lived sex. The publication of the open letter was covered in The Herald on Sunday 4 April 2021.Continue reading “Hundreds of academics back self-ID sex question in Scottish census”
Data vandalism: Sex and the English and Welsh census
Recent months have witnessed an acceleration in attempts to erase trans people from data collection activities in the UK, the last-minute change to guidance for the sex question in the English and Welsh census is only the latest example of data vandalism.