Queer the Census (with poll!)

We know it’s a little clich├ęd – but here’s what we want to tell the census: We’re here. We’re queer. And we want you to ask us about it.

It’s crazy – the U.S. Census Bureau wants an accurate count of everyone in the country – but there’s no question in the survey that asks if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

You read that right: LGBT people are basically invisible in the survey that is supposed to reflect the diversity of America’s population – and that’s a big problem.

The data collected impacts issues critical to every American – like our health care, our economic stability, and even our safety. And when LGBT people aren’t counted, then we also don’t count when it comes to services, resources … you name it.

It’s past time to Queer the Census!

So what can you do about it?

  • Read up on Why Queer the Census
  • Sign the petition to demand that the census ask the question and count everyone!
  • Seal your census envelope with the pink sticker pictured above!  You can get a free sticker here.  Make sure you order your sticker before midnight March 22nd so you get it in time to mail with your census form on April 1st!
  • Follow QtC on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Vote for QtC at Change.org
  • Brush up on the Queer the Census FAQs (they’re after the jump)

  • Queer the Census FAQs:

  • Why should I care about the census?
  • Is there a sexual orientation or gender identity question on the 2010 census?
  • How will LGBT same-sex unmarried partners and married couples be counted by the census?
  • How do I know that the government won’t use this information to target me or my family for discrimination?
  • If I am transgender, do I check the sex I was assigned at birth or my gender identity/expression?  What if neither of these options fit my identity?
  • If I am transgender, how do I record my relationship?
  • What is being done to get sexual orientation/gender identity questions on the census or on other important federal survey instruments?
  • When will Census 2010 Begin?
  • Can Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People work for the Census Bureau?

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    16 Comments . Leave a comment below.
    1. I Voted No

      Just not my issue. I can't see why LGBT's couldn't work for the Census Bureau.  

    2. I actually already filled out my census and mailed it in.

      If we can have a question with a dozen permutations of Hispanic - why couldn't we count this as well?

    3. No Bi-curious option?

      You're never gonna gain allies for the GLBTBCA crowd with that kind of exclusivity.  

      • To be honest...

        the bi-curious are mere training tools for our new recruits (if you had read your copy of the Homosexual Agenda you would know this). Once we are done using the bi-curious in high school locker rooms, women's colleges, spring break in Florida, and Vidal Sasson conventions, we give them their Bi-Curious George doll and send them on their merry way, never to be counted again.  

    4. Sheesh...

      ,... your post is a day too late for me.  

    5. In addition, of course,

      I assume that married same-sex couples in MA will be answering "married" to the relevant questions!

    6. two cool things

      1) As David alludes, we in MA can register as married AND the census is going to count them (SSM marriages)!  This is a welcome reversal.

      2) The census has a nice online tracker.

    7. Depends on what the info is used for...

      ...at least with regard to the sex/gender question.  Personally, I wish they's eliminate the racial/ethnic questions.  We all count the same, don't we?  There hasn't been a 3/5 clause in 150 years.

      • I think we've been through...

        ... this before.  The point is to have the data.  If the state (or anyone else) wants to evaluate the success or failure of affirmative action, or arrest rates by race, or any other evaluation - you need data.  The whole point of the census is to get the data that might be useful to have for future policies.  In that regard it is absolutely legitimate to include race in the census - there are race based policies out there that need evaluating.  Put differently, don't you think it would be irresponsible to create/maintain/repeal race based policies if the government didn't collect and have data on race?

        • I guess I'm one of those optimists...

          ...who wants to push for "content of their character" attitude sooner rather than later.

          • I sympathize, but...

            ... how do you know you've arrived if you don't look for landmarks and check your direction?  From where I sit, the prison statistics alone justify continuing to get the data.

          • Also...

            ... it really needs to be noted that the act of taking a census that includes race isn't an act of 'judging based on race'.  Quite differently, it's an attempt to judge ourselves judging race,... and in the elementary way, by looking collecting good data.  This is the same thing as collecting sexual activity data from children in schools - collecting the data isn't a judgment on a particular school's moral character.  The data is just good to have for policy making.

    8. Ordered the sticker

      I am not sending in my census form before I receive my sticker to mark myself as a Straight Ally.

      Respectfully Submitted, Sincerely, Wayne J. Wilson, Jr. Democrat for State Senate Suffolk & Norfolk District

      • Still waiting

        Hi All:

        I am still waiting for my sticker to "Queer the census". I don't want to get in trouble with the Federal Government though as I just received an "Emergency" message by telephone from Mayor Menino's office about returning my census form.

        Respectfully Submitted, Sincerely, Wayne J. Wilson, Jr. Democrat for State Senate Suffolk & Norfolk District

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