LGBT community also part of Census outreach, campaigns

The talk surrounding the 2010 Census has been around multicultural markets, particularly the Hispanic community, but the US Census Bureau is also motivated to increase participation by the LGBT community.

The talk surrounding the 2010 Census has been around multicultural markets, particularly the Hispanic community, but the US Census Bureau is also motivated to increase participation by the LGBT community. While sexual orientation is not currently a question on the Census, the US Census Bureau is promoting the importance of the LGBT community's participation. It has deployed two dozen partnership specialists to work in the LGBT community, including Che Ruddell-Tabisola, who is leading a campaign called "Our Families Count."

The campaign is working with leaders and organizations in the LGBT community, including the Human Rights Campaign, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders, and the National Center for Transgender Equality, to encourage the community to participate in the Census. And organizations are also pushing to get sexual orientation and gender identity questions in future surveys with campaigns such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's "Queer the Census."

"The census is an incredible opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to tell the truth about our lives. The fact is, we live in every county in the US, we come from every racial and ethnic background, and we are part and parcel of the fabric of American life," said Rea Carey, executive director of the Task Force, in a statement. "Let the government know: We need sexual orientation and gender identity boxes to check off in future surveys. We should all be counted."

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