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.
CenterLink and the National LGBTQ Task Force invite you to participate in a very special Census Week of Action during Pride Month.
The Task Force has created five days of actions, starting June 22nd and running through June 26th, for LGBTQ individuals and communities to share the many ways in which we all count and how each one of us deserves to be counted. So whether with words, art, or dance, we are counting on you to join us in Pride and celebration!! Below are the days and how you can get involved:
Monday 6/22: I #QueerTheCensus Because
1. Download our “I #QueerTheCensus because...” signs then share why you’re filling out the Census. Post a pic of you with the sign to social media with #QueerTheCensus, #QTC, and #BeYouBeCounted.
Tuesday 6/23: Taking The Census
This year, the Census has taken some steps forward and other steps nowhere, when it comes to LGBTQ people being counted. While same-sex relationships can be identified in one question, gender that isn’t binary cannot. We’re asking LGBTQ community members to share stories about their experiences taking the Census by post your story via social media (FaceBook, Twitter, IG), and use our hashtags (#QTC #BeYouBeCounted, #QueerTheCensus).
Wednesday 6/24: Census and Your Community
There is a lot at stake for your local community tied to the 2020 Census. For the next ten years levels of government and nonprofit funding, school districts and school funding, city planning, government representation, and so much more will be based on numbers from the 2020 Census. Share a fact you found out about your state and how it’s tied to the Census from our fact sheets here.
Thursday 6/25: Census and the Future Haiku
Given the wide range of funding, programs, and democracy initiatives that are impacted by the outcome of the 2020 Census, imagine the next ten years and what it could look like if we achieved a fair and accurate count. Write a poem using the haiku format of three lines, 17 syllables. Then share your haiku with us and post on your preferred social media platform using #QueerTheCensus #BeYouBeCounted #QTC
Friday 6/26: I Dance Because I Count
As our Pride Week of Action comes to an end, come celebrate with us! Thank you for taking part in our week and ensuring you and your fellow LGBTQ peers are being counted in the Census. Though Prides across the globe have gone virtual, we’ve still got the Pride month spirit and we’re going to dance about it! Pick a song from our Census playlist and make a home video dancing to the beat of your own drum, then share it on social media. Make sure to use the hashtag #BeYouBeCounted in your post.
We will be showcasing all of the wonderful LGBTQ people who have been counted in this year’s Census on social media all week long. Hope you can join us!