Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Queer question for the Census?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Were queer. Were here. Write it down.
  • We're queer. We're here. Write it down.
Go ahead and ask. They'll tell.

That's the message from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Task Force wants the Census to include a question about sexual orientation.

"The data collected impacts issues critical to every American — like our health care, our economic stability, and even our safety," a Task Force Web site on the issue, queerthecensus.org, notes. "And when LGBT people aren't counted, then we also don't count when it comes to services, resources ... you name it."

In protest of what they view as a slight, the Task Force is handing out "Queer the Census stickers" and asking that supporters stick them on the back of their census survey envelopes. The stickers ask participants to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or a "straight ally."

While the Census has no question about sexual orientation, it does ask whether cohabiters are married or in a relationship — and LGBT couples can identify in this area.

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