Happy Census Day in the United States! Today is the first day Americans can make sure they are counted in the Census, so the government will better reflect the interests of all Americans, including LGBTQ Americans.
Trans activist StormMiguel Florez breaks down why it’s so important that all Americans are counted:
The City of San Francisco has a great overview of how the Census works and what’s at stake all across America:
Census data helps determine political representation and funding for social services. Many LGBTQ people rely on these services like health care, housing, and CalFresh.
When everyone does the census, LGBT communities get our fair share. This means funding for local services and the political representation we deserve.
In the past, the census has undercounted LGBTQ people, immigrants, and people of color. If we do not get an accurate census count in 2020, California could lose a seat in the House of Representatives.
Doing the census is an important act of claiming visibility and power. Without representation, the values, needs and interests of LGBTQ Californians will go unheard.
You can do the census online, by phone, or by mail. Most people received a letter from the Census Bureau with instructions on how to do the census online and over the phone.
The National LGBTQ Task Force has more information about how you can make sure everyone you know gets counted!