March brings Women's History Month and LGBT Health Awareness Week! Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to see weekly posts about LGBTQ+ women who made important contributions to our history, and posts raising public awareness about the unique health disparities and health concerns among LGBTQ+ people.
Every Child Deserves A Family: Our friends at Family Equality are asking the candidates running for President in 2020 to take the No Adoption Discrimination Pledge:
Get Out The Vote: Nearly nine million LGBT adults are registered to vote according to a new analysis by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Together we are a powerful voice, so #GetCentered. Make sure your lawmakers know about how many people depend on your local LGBTQ community center. Send them an email and tell them to support your center’s life-sustaining programs and services. Find your lawmakers here.
Not among the nine million of us who are already registered to vote? USA.gov will show you how and where to register. Are you concerned about voting as a transgender person? Having ID that doesn’t match your gender identity or presentation should not affect your right to cast a ballot. The National Center for Transgender Equality can walk you through the process of finding out what your state requires to ensure your voice is heard in 2020.
Queering The Census: In just 17 days, every household in the country will start to receive an invitation in the mail to complete the Census, and we want to make sure that LGBTQ+ people are ready to respond when that happens. The Census doesn’t include questions about sexual orientation or gender identity (though it does collect some data about same-sex couples), so our community may be conflicted about participation – they may also be hesitant to respond whether they simply don’t have enough information or they fear responding. We’re invested in overcoming that hesitation because the 2020 Census is so important to:
- Democracy – the Census determines how many representatives each state has in Congress, and drives redistricting at the federal, state, and local level.
- Funding – the Census drives more than a billion dollars in federal funding each year for programs that our community disproportionately needs, like food stamps, Medicaid, public housing, HIV/AIDS services, and more.
- Civil rights – Census data are used to enforce nondiscrimination protections, as well as other civil rights like access to voting. Especially as the Supreme Court and Congress weigh in on sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the next year, we need to make sure our people respond to the Census so we can begin to enforce the rights we’ve won.
If you have questions about the 2020 Census, visit our website for more information.