A battle to include sexual orientation and gender questions in the next census will go to the Human Rights Commission.
April Long, who identifies as non-binary, says they felt excluded when answering the 2021 survey with their partner, Kelly, given there was no question about sexual orientation. The 65-question census also asked a difficult question about the rainbow family’s baby Kaison.
“Kaison has two mums – I’m mumma and Kelly is mummy – but the form asked where Kaison’s mother and father were born,” Long said.
“Our initial reaction was shock. We were unable to complete it accurately. It didn’t capture us. It made us feel invisible and it didn’t count us.”