What is the Census? Every ten years our federal government conducts a count of every person residing in the United States, so that they can allocate funds for programs like Medicaid, public housing, and food assistance. It's also a way to make sure that our federal, state, and local elected officials are representing roughly the same number of people.
Why should I respond? Although the Census doesn’t explicitly ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, it is still critical for LGBTQ+ people to be counted to receive our fair share of federal funding and representation.
How can I respond to the Census? This year we have more options than ever to ensure our diverse communities are fully counted in the #2020Census. It’s critical for us to use them. Anyone with an internet connection or a phone can self-respond by visiting www.my2020census.gov or calling 844-330-2020.
Is my information kept private? YES. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your personal information, and can only use it to produce statistics. They cannot share it with any other government agency, and every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.
When should I complete the Census? The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is September 30th, so hurry!