Census data is used to defend civil rights and distribute funding for programs like food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and HIV programs, homelessness assistance programs, and more.
“The LGBTQ community is disproportionately likely to need and use these programs, especially those of us with multiple marginalized identities,” the pledge reads. “We can’t let our communities be left out!”
Specific populations are always undercounted in the Census, which only happens every ten years. These groups include, transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, and intersex people; people of color; immigrants; low-income individuals; renters; single-parent households; people experiencing homelessness or housing instability; people with limited English proficiency; and young children.
“While the Census doesn’t ask questions about sexual orientation or gender identity, it’s still vital for us to be counted,” Meghan Maury, the Task Force’s policy director, said in a statement. “Like other marginalized communities, LGBTQ people have historically been undercounted on the Census. The ‘Queer the Census’ campaign is working to change that, so that our community can access the things it needs the most—dollars, democracy, and justice.”