Monday, March 29, 2010

Queering the Census with George Takei

Earlier this month we blogged about the Task Force's efforts to Queer the Census.

The census survey has 10 questions, but not one of them asks if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The data collected impacts issues critical to every American – like our health care, our economic stability, and even our safety. And when LGBT people aren't counted, then we also don't count when it comes to services, resources ... you name it.

Now, Star Trek actor George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, have created a video urging couples who consider themselves married but whose marriages may not be legally recognized to still mark the husband/wife box to make sure that our community's marriages are counted. This is the first time in history that the census is asking people to identify how they view themselves, and it's important that we respond accordingly.

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