We’re Queering the Census big time!
The National LGBTQ Task Force has been advocating for nearly 30 years to make sure LGBTQ people are added to the Census and other federal surveys. Why?
- Because federal surveys determine how federal dollars get spent. LGBTQ people face disparities in income, housing stability, health outcomes, and policing, among many other areas. If we don’t get counted, the federal government can easily keep ignoring our most critical needs.
- Because federal surveys help us understand the needs of our community. Knowing how many people in a community are in need of housing, health, workplace, and criminal justice interventions helps us best serve our community.
- Because it gives us political traction. The Census is used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, and federal data is often cited as a reason to support or not support a piece of legislation.
- Because we count. Our lives matter, our needs matter. We count.
The LGBTQ community has been fighting to be counted on federal surveys since 1990. Learn more about our history here.