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We need a fair and accurate 2020 census to reclaim our power, take back our government and achieve full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people. Being counted in this year’s census is a fight for our future — a fight for fair representation in Congress and for programs that the most vulnerable members of our communities need to survive.
There is too much at stake for LGBTQ+ Californians — and the diverse communities to which we belong — to sit on the sidelines and let the powerful and privileged game the system for another ten years.
COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS NOW
Conducted every 10 years, the census attempts to count every living person in the country. The results of the 2020 census will be used to draw Congressional and legislative districts — to determine how much representation we have — for the next decade.
The census is also used to determine how and where $800 billion in federal taxpayer dollars will be spent. Nationally, about 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ families are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid — programs that are funded based on census results — which is double the rate of non-LGBTQ+ families.
Too often, California’s diverse LGBTQ+ community finds ourselves undercounted — which denies us power, representation and funding for programs that the most vulnerable members of our community need to survive for the next 10 years. Our LGBTQ+ community #WillBeCounted in the 2020 census!
Online, by phone or by mail — this is the first census to go digital.
Online: For the first time, the census is available online in 13 different languages!
By Phone: The census can be completed by phone in 13 languages — including Telecommunication Device for the Deaf.
By Mail: The paper census form will be available in English and Spanish languages and can be mailed back to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Video and printed guides will also be available in 59 non-English languages, and there will be a video in American Sign Language, plus a printed guide in braille.
Although the census will not include a specific gender identity or sexual orientation question, the Census Bureau respects how people self-identify. Because the responses are restricted to few options AND the Bureau doesn’t cross-check the information with any other source — answer as best as you can with how you self-identify!
This is also the first year that you can identify someone living in your household as a same-sex spouse or partner.
YES! The Census Bureau is prohibited from sharing data identifying individuals any person or organization including law enforcement for 72 years. Sworn staff are subject to a $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in prison for wrongful disclosure of information.
For more information about the census, visit CaliforniaCensus.org