Be counted in 2020. Here you will find social media posts, LGBTQ+ specific graphics, suggestions on how to engage your community, and more.
Join the National LGBTQ Task Force for a virtual tour of the Census. Haven't looked at this year's Census yet? No worries. LGBTQ+ friendly Census tour guides will walk you through it virtually.
What Is The 2020 Census?
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. Information from this count provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Why Should The LGBTQ+ Community Be Counted?
The LGBTQ+ community has been fighting to be counted on federal surveys since 1990. Learn more about our history here. The U.S. Census Bureau recently submitted to Congress its planned questions for the 2020 census, and for the first time ever, the survey will allow respondents to specify that they are part of a same-sex couple. The expansion of the relationship question is a step in the right direction, and we look forward to the day when everyone from the LGBTQ+ community is recognized.
The information collected will be used in a number of ways. This includes planning and funding government programs that provide services for LGBTQ+ families, and exploring whether existing programs are effective. In preparation for the 2020 Census, LGBTQ+ organizations will work to revitalize efforts to educate and engage our community on the importance of being counted.
How Do I Respond To The 2020 Census?
You will be able to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or mail. Data that the public has already provided will be used to reduce follow-up in-person visits.
Who Sees My Information?
Given the current political climate, people may be hesitant to participate in the 2020 Census count. However, your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you in any way.
General questions: Census.gov
LGBTQ+-specific questions: National LGBTQ Task Force 2020 Census Guide