Information on sexual orientation is an area of interest in New Zealand and internationally. The gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities are becoming more visible as societies become less discriminatory about non-heterosexual relationships.
Sexual orientation is not currently collected in the census or any other Statistics NZ surveys.
Independent research we commissioned supports a need for information on sexual orientation, with growing evidence that members of sexual minority populations are disadvantaged across a range of social well-being, health, and economic indicators.
Inclusion in the census may not be the best way to meet customer requirements for this information as sexual orientation is conceptually difficult to define and measure, particularly given the self-completed nature and finite space of census. There are also concerns around data quality and intrusiveness.
Our current recommendations relating to sexual orientation
- We recommend that sexual orientation not be included in the 2018 Census.
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content for a more detailed discussion on sexual orientation information
Summary Week 4
16 people have been commenting about Sexual Orientation.
- it is a high quality discussion
- there is support for collecting data about Sexual Orientation
- the implications of not having statistics include organisations not creating inclusive policies, government services can't be planned for, and discussions such as amendment to Marriage Age and Adoption Bill are had without basic information
- sexual identity is being collected in the Health Survey. While this is helpful people are not just sexual beings (e.g. they are parents, renters, workers, homeless, school children...) and many other issues won' t be addressed unless the data is wider than this
- there are three aspects to Sexual Orientation (sexual identity, sexual behaviour, sexual attraction). Sexual Identity would be the most appropriate to have in Census
- concerns raised about asking Sexual Orientation in the Census could also be applied to other questions that are already asked in the Census