Queer the Census

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Every ten years our federal government conducts the Census, a count of every person residing in the United States, so that they can allocate funds for programs like Medicaid, public housing, and food stamps, and so that they can make sure that our federal, state, and local elected officials are representing roughly the same number of people.

Attorneys, advocates, activists, and service providers then use those data to press decision-makers for change, to show the needs of their communities, and to enforce our civil rights. For the Census to work–to direct funds to the right places and to help all of us access democracy–it has to count everyone in the country. Unfortunately, it doesn’t.

Every decade, the Census misses or undercounts hundreds of thousands of marginalized people, including low-income people, people of color, and very young children. At the same time, it over counts, or double counts, hundreds of thousands of people with the most privilege, including the white population, homeowners, and wealthy people.

Making sense of the Census

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Posted by National LGBTQ Task Force on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Overcounts of privileged people and undercounts of marginalized people reinforce systems of power and oppression in this country. That’s why the Task Force is working with our colleagues in the LGBTQ and social justice movements to ensure that all of us, and especially people from marginalized communities, are counted on the 2020 Census.

Although the Census doesn’t explicitly ask about our sexual orientation and gender identity, it is still critical for us to be counted on the 2020 Census. We need to be counted so our communities can:

  • Get access to federal funds for programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and public housing
  • Have representation in our state, local, and federal government
  • Enforce our civil rights

An Introduction

Guide to the 2020 Census An Introduction


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Additional Resources

FAQ on Confidentiality[PDF] National Religious Leadership Roundtable letter on Census [PDF] Task Force Census Fact Sheet [PDF] State Census Fact Sheets [Google Drive Folder] State Census Fact Sheets Listed Alphabetically