Friday, October 23, 2009

Gay, transgender persons could be in future census | AP

The Associated Press: Gay, transgender persons could be in future census:
"SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Census Bureau is making an unprecedented effort to include same-sex couples in next year's national population count, but counting the number of individuals who identify as gay, lesbian or transgender could be next.

Census representatives told community leaders in San Francisco on Thursday that categories could be added in future editions of the bureau's annual American Community Survey.

They say it was too late to include questions about sexual orientation or gender expression in the 2010 tally.

The survey is designed to give state and local governments a snapshot of how their populations are changing. It is much more detailed than the 10-question census form that will be mailed to every household in March."

2020? That sucks. I guess its better than NEVER. It would mean a LOT to finally get a count. You know who DOESN'T want a count? The Far Right. They KNOW that the number of folks who identify as LGBT is much higher than they report with their skewed studies. Watch their tells. As soon as they start reporting this, they'll try to spin it in some sort of way, of course, but ultimately their stance will be against it. Gays and Lesbians could stand to lose political clout from this if our numbers are small, yet watch LGBT media push this and applaud this.

Why would we push so hard for this?

We all know that LGBT people make up a significant portion of the US population. Deep down, we're all aware.

LGBT people are confident. We're interacting with folks in our community all the time, meeting hundreds and thousands of gay people, meeting married but out bisexuals, meeting closeted folk who are trying to reach out. We are well aware of our numbers.

The Far Right is aware of our numbers too. They see our turnouts, they confront us directly often--they know we're a big group. They want to downplay our numbers because it helps them promote their Hate Agenda, but they know. Hell, there are MANY on the Far Right who WON'T be marking 'homosexual' on their 2020 Census forms that probably should!

Watch and see, though. However they spin it, they're going to be against it, because they know they're on the wrong side of history.

What do you think their excuses will be? Exposure of homosexual questions to children? Special Rights? Religious Persecution? What do YOU think they'll use to explain why they don't want us counted?

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