QueerBFFs, we have partnered with Thrive Youth Center and the San Antonio / Bexar County Census LGBTQIA+ Task Force to help make sure that all LGBTQ+ San Antonio area residents and non-San Antonio area residents are counted in the 2020 Census.
As LGBTQ+ people, it is important for us to be counted, even if our authentic gender identity and sexual orientation will not be counted. There are 3 main reasons why we need to be counted, otherwise known as the 3 D’s:
Democracy: Census data is used to divvy up seats in Congress and at the state level.
Decisions: Local governments and NGOs use Census data to determine services.
Dollars: About 300 federal programs allocate over $800 billion a year based on stats that are derived from the census.
Census data impacts funding for things like:
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online using your computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can also respond by phone or by mail. When completing the census, you will have the option to identify a relationship as same sex, providing statistics that can inform local planning for families and housing. Your responses are important, and all personal information will be kept confidential by law.
For more information on how the census will impact you, contact Greg Casillas, chair of the San Antonio / Bexar County Census LGBTQIA+ Task Force at Greg@ThriveYouthCenter.org.
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