Stand up and be counted

Queer the Census: LGBT people deserve to be counted!

Learn how you can queer the census.

Our community scored a huge victory — and you helped make it happen — when the U.S. Census Bureau decided it will now report married same-sex couples in the 2010 census. But that is just the first step. We’re now working to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people — all of us — are counted. Click here to help us queer the census.

We already did it once! We need to do it again!

The Task Force played a leading role in getting the Census Bureau to change course. Task Force staffers pressed for a reversal of the discriminatory policy in meetings that started in late 2008 with the Obama transition team, continuing later with officials from the White House, Census Bureau and Commerce Department. In July 31, 2009, we got the bureau to reverse the discriminatory policy and agree to report married same-sex couples in the 2010 census.

Read the full statement on this victory from Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey here.

The Task Force’s work leading to this victory

The Task Force has been working for months to secure a reversal of the discriminatory policy.

  • Task Force staff met with Obama transition team members to educate them about this critical issue, and to provide concrete ways for them to make this change.
  • Task Force staffers, including Executive Director Rea Carey and Policy Institute Director Jaime Grant, have been pressing for a policy change in meetings that started in late 2008 with the Obama transition team, continuing later with officials from the White House, Census Bureau and Commerce Department.
  • In February, the Task Force Policy Institute convened 20 leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organizations to meet with top census outreach officials. In this meeting, the groups collectively refused to engage in community outreach on the census until the anti-marriage policy was reversed.
  • The Task Force partnered with the Williams Institute to provide officials from the White House, Census Bureau and Commerce Department with research essential to making this change.
  • The Task Force undertook a major grassroots campaign to both educate the public on this issue and to apply pressure to the administration.
  • The Task Force worked with key elected officials to provide them with information so they could write letters to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the incoming director of the Census Bureau to advocate for change.
  • The Task Force is part of a coalition of researchers and advocates crafting a community education campaign to launch following the change of policy.

Check out media coverage of the Task Force's work on the census

Census: 76% marry just once; new count for same-sex couples,
USA Today, September 22, 2009

76 percent of Americans who marry do so only once: new Census data, New York Daily News, September 22, 2009