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...except, of course, those of us who still don't exist.

This is about the Queer the Census campaign, sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force among other groups: they want the US Census to include a question about sexual orientation, and until then, they are giving people free stickers with sexual orientation checkboxes on them that they can use to seal the envelopes they send their census forms back in.

Except, of course, what are the choices on the stickers that say "Attn. Census Bureau: It's Time To Count Everyone"?

You can be gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, or a straight ally. That's it. Not even an "other" option.

...I like to support pro-GBLT stuff, but I have to admit, this is one of those times when I get slightly bitter about it. Yes! Let's get queer people in the census! As long as they're the *normal* queer people! What do the rest of you think? Any ideas on what we can do about it? The "Queering the Census" website doesn't have any contact methods, but I'm debating finding e-mail addresses for the groups that are sponsoring it.

Date: 2010-03-12 12:53 am (UTC)
charamei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charamei

As a dirty foreigner I don't believe there's much I can actually do to help (although if I'm wrong, please do tell me!) - but you have my support.

Date: 2010-03-12 03:07 am (UTC)
mommy: Pixie; Uncanny X-Men (Fairy wings and magic rings.)
From: [personal profile] mommy
I'm happy that there's publicity and support for various queer people. I really am! But it's kind of tiring to never see that support for my own orientation.

Is there an "other" option on the original Census? If there is, then this situation is slightly less annoying.

Date: 2010-03-12 06:56 am (UTC)
true_statement: Simon Banks (what the...?)
From: [personal profile] true_statement
I'm all in favour of queering the census, but that sticker's really grr-inducing.

Date: 2010-03-12 07:24 am (UTC)
finch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] finch
As an only marginally related gripe, I hate having to point out that my TG status is not related to my sexual orientation.

Date: 2010-03-12 03:02 pm (UTC)
princess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princess
Thanks! I was just going to ask that, since I had a lesbian transgender parent, and was wondering if the T shouldn't maybe be under gender?

Date: 2010-03-13 01:48 am (UTC)
finch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] finch
It would be more effective to have a [] pansexual box if that was that they were getting at, but god knows people wouldn't know what that meant. XD

Gender should really be []male []female []none of the above or something, at least.

Date: 2010-03-12 02:20 pm (UTC)
fizzyblogic: [Game of Thrones] detail on a map of Westeros (Default)
From: [personal profile] fizzyblogic
I don't like that those are the only options. Hrmph.

Date: 2010-03-12 03:35 pm (UTC)
elf: Rainbow sparkly fairy (Default)
From: [personal profile] elf
I have mixed feelings on the whole "Queer the Census" concept. On the one hand, yeah, it'd be nice to have more awareness of queerness all around, and statistics would help with that. On the other, I'm not sure it's something the census should measure, any more than it measures religion. (The basic census form, at least, does not mention religion. I gather there's a more detailed form that some households get.)

Counting heads & income levels & location & education are all what I think of as public statistics; I'm not sure personal details should be tangled into that. Any attempt to "count" sexualities or orientations is going to leave people out, because unlike income levels, there aren't nice neat boundaries where you can say "if you're in Category A, you're not in Category B."

Date: 2011-05-25 01:56 am (UTC)
alafaye: (Default)
From: [personal profile] alafaye
This. Thank you :) How does sexuality matter to the public stats? Why?



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