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What is Queer the Census? Is it Over?
Did We Win?
What's being done to get sexual orientation and gender identity questions on the census and other important federal surveys?
Will there be a sexual orientation or gender identity question on the 2020 census?
What are we missing out on by not having an accurate "head count" of LGBT individuals?
What about the Queer the Census sticker?

What is Queer the Census? Is it Over?

Not even close!

During the 2010 Census, the LGBT community and allies sent over 140,000 big pink stickers to the Census Bureau telling the government that we all deserve to be counted. The Census may be over until 2020, but the campaign demanding to count the entire LGBT community continues. The Queer the Census campaign has always been about more than JUST the Census.

We're telling the federal government that it's time to provide the LGBT community the same benefits that other Americans enjoy. And it can't give us that equality until the LGBT community is counted.

The write-in campaign was such a huge success that we've seen victories on data collection throughout the whole government! But LGBT individuals are still almost entirely invisible to the government.

We're campaigning for the Census in future years — as well as for the hundreds of smaller, yearly surveys the federal government conducts — so they can include questions that'll help spot the needs of LGBT people and communities. When we go to bat for things like funding LGBT health services or bullying prevention, we can use data to say, "Look, there are people who need this in your district."

We haven't stopped fighting and we're asking you to stay with us for the long haul. Here's a few things you can do right now to help:

There will be more work to do, so check back often to stay current!

Did We Win?

Yes and no.

There's a long way to go before we can know whether the 2020 Census will count the LGBT community (see "Will there be a sexual orientation or gender identity question on the 2020 census?"), but with your help we'll continue making progress.

Here's what's happened since the Queer the Census campaign began:

What's being done to get sexual orientation and gender identity questions on the census and other important federal surveys?

The Task Force is a leader in an effort to count LGBT people and families in major federal surveys.

Here are just some of the areas where data is vital to serving the needs of our community:

Youth and Students:

Bullying
Homelessness
Family acceptance and support
Student risk and achievement

Economic Security:

Housing discrimination
Employment and benefits
Use of services and programs

Health Outcomes:

HIV/AIDS
Risk behaviors
Health inequalities
Access to services

Justice and Prisons:

Victims of crime and hate crimes
Domestic violence

Will there be a sexual orientation or gender identity question on the 2020 census?

We really don't know; that's why the campaign marches on! Questions on the census take years to push for and take time to develop.

We've got efforts in place and are ready to push so we can make significant advances in the critical areas of information gathering and demographics.

Right now crucial statistics are routinely available about other communities at risk for discrimination - facts about health inequalities, income, home ownership, and even family structures. We desperately need that same kind of information about US. Knowledge is power, and it's these facts that will support our struggle to secure legal and economic security for the LGBT people.

What are we missing out on by not having an accurate "head count" of LGBT individuals?

A lot. This is the kind of information that's crucial to productive discussions about our community. We need to break down myths about where we live, what our families look like, and who we are.

Here are some good examples. Did you know that:

  • One in six same-sex couples live in rural areas?

  • There are over 65,000 people in same-sex couples serving in the military?

  • Same-sex couples live in 99.3% of U.S. counties?

These are the things we found out JUST from the Census's question on relationships for married couples and domestic partners.

What about the Queer the Census sticker?

It's easy to get one of our brand new Queer the Census stickers – all you have to do is sign the petition.

 



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