GLAAD Partners with Our Families Count to Promote LGBT Visibility in the U.S. Census

Richard Ferraro
Director of Communications
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009, New York, NY – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today joined in announcing the launch of Our Families Count, a new public education campaign to promote and emphasize LGBT visibility and participation in the 2010 U.S. Census.

The outreach and education effort is designed to emphasize the importance of responding to the once-a-decade Census. GLAAD is one of dozens of organizations and advocates within America’s LGBT community participating in the launch of Our Families Count. For more information, please visit www.ourfamiliescount.org.

“The U.S. Census is a critically important opportunity to make sure that all members of our community and all of our families count,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Participation is crucial to let our government leaders know that we are a vital and strong component of America today as we advocate for equal protections under the law. We hope that media seize this opportunity to encourage participation in the Census by all Americans and to spotlight the diversity and visibility of our community.”

In alphabetical order, the community, business and academic leadership groups to date that have endorsed the project and its education mission include:

Community Leaders:

Business Leaders

Academic Leaders

Expert demographer and Williams Institute Research Fellow Dr. Gary Gates described why the 2010 Census matters to the LGBT community especially, “Reliable information on LGBT people is hard to come by and the need for accurate knowledge is real. Census statistics guide many key government decisions. For LGBT citizens especially, statewide organizations and local community centers need information for planning services, while advocacy groups need to know more about the LGBT population as they lobby for resources.”

Gates also noted that, "Americans have many misconceptions about the LGBT community that Census data have allowed us to correct. For example, among those in same-sex couples: one in six lives in a rural area, one in four is a person of color, one in five is raising children (two in five among people of color). Although the 2010 Census does not include questions on sexual orientation or gender identity, the Census count of same-sex partners and their families provides vital information for and about the LGBT community.”

Although the 2010 Census does not include questions on sexual orientation or gender identity, the Census count of same-sex partners and their families provides vital information for and about the LGBT community. Census information is never shared with other U.S. government agencies for the purpose of law enforcement or compliance with immigration laws. The Census is used only and confidentially to find out more about all American households and the U.S. population, and is never used to violate any person’s privacy.

For additional information generally on the 2010 Census: visit www.census.gov

Editors Note: Please visit the OurFamiliesCount.org website for more information on the initiative and Frequently Asked Questions about the 2010 Census.