I find it crazy that the 2010 Census claims that they allow same-sex couples and that their families will be a part of the data collected as the 2010 Census forms reach American households this week. However, a large number of single LGBT members who live alone cannot identify their sexual orientation.
LGBT people are basically invisible in the survey that is supposed to reflect the diversity of America’s population – and that’s a big problem. The data collected impacts issues critical to every American – like our health care, our economic stability, and even our safety. And when LGBT people aren’t counted, then we also don’t count when it comes to services, resources … you name it.
The current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which Obama wants repealed, makes it hard to accurately collect data on gays and lesbians who serve in the military. However, the hope is that the 2010 Census will show that more than 60,000 gays are serving their country, BUT will they lose their jobs for telling the truth on a survey that’s required by law?
For gay-rights supporters that say this is a positive move, I say bullshit! This is like saying that the new policy of allowing women to not wear panty hose is a positive move in their rights at work. I find it so interesting and once again find myself getting angry. Where’s “ACT-UP” when you need them in 2010?
I guess the question needs to be asked: “What is the purpose of the Census?”
If it’s to collect accurate information about who comprises the population of this country, then more questions need to be asked.
I find this interesting…
The census should also bring to light a lot of misconceptions about the GLBT community, including issues such as gay poverty. One study showed that 20 percent of children with LGBT parents were living in poverty, while their straight counterparts were at 10 percent.
Let’s get one thing right. It’s still not equal. So sadly, I checked the box “Unmarried Partner”. Hmm…I wonder what I would have checked if I resided in California, where I am still legally married?
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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