U.S. Census 2010 Opens Doors Wide for LGBT Participation

from Our Families Count

In March, American households everywhere will receive their 2010 Census forms in the mail: an important civic milestone that happens only once every ten years.

What makes this year’s Census even more historic is the unprecedented and welcoming outreach by U.S. Census leaders and managers to include the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and allied community in these efforts, as a way to achieve the nation’s most accurate count possible.

Dr. Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, endorsed this initiative: “We are charged each ten years to provide Congress with a Census they trust to be accurate and complete. We are grateful to our LGBT community partners in helping us achieve this significant responsibility, and to help educate, motivate and inspire everyone to take part and above all, to be visible and counted.”

For this initiative, the U.S. Census recruited and deployed nearly two dozen Census Bureau Partnership Specialists across the country specifically to work with LGBT community groups and leaders. All of these specialists are working with Che Ruddell-Tabisola who was tapped by the U.S. Census to serve as national LGBT partnership leader and as the primary bridge between the LGBT-inspired community campaign called Our Families Count.

Many of these U.S. Census Partnership Specialists will join Rudell-Tabisola by attending this year’s Creating Change conference in Dallas, Texas, starting on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. Census Bureau representatives will be staffing a welcoming table in the exhibit hall to display new LGBT outreach and education materials.

In addition, a special Workshop entitled, “Want to Add a Question to the Census?” Learn how at Numbers Matter: The Importance of the Census for LGBT Americans in 2010 and Beyond will be held at the conference in Dallas on Friday, February 5 beginning at 10:45 AM (CT).

The panel will include partners of the Our Families Count Collaborative:
•    Dr. Gary Gates, The Williams Distinguished Scholar, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
•    Glenn D. Magpantay, Democracy Program Director, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Co-Director of the National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance
•    Jaime M. Grant, Director of the Policy Institute, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Washington, DC

And featuring from the U.S. Census Bureau:

•    Tim Olson, Assistant Division Chief, Field Division
•    Ed SanFilippo, Partnership Specialist

For more background generally on the 2010 Census, please visit www.2010census.gov.

Please also feel free to visit www.ourfamiliescount.org for details specifically for LGBT households – with questions and answers found there in both English and Spanish.

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