Should the U.S. Census Count Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgenders?

March 16 2010, 10:28 AM

The 2010 U.S. Census will be the first to ask same-gender couples to report themselves as legally married. And while that represents progress for gay advocacy groups, it doesn't go far enough. There's no question about sexual orientation on the survey, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is attempting to "Queer the Census" by petitioning people to place a pink sticker on envelopes indicating their orientation in the hopes that the feds will count them (via The Denver Post). It's far from official, but respondents can check a box on the sticker indicating whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender---or a straight ally. "LGBT people are basically invisible in the survey that is supposed to reflect the diversity of America's population---and that's a big problem," according to QueerTheCensus.org. But U.S. Census Bureau assistant division chief Tim Olson says the stickers won't be counted and that efforts would be better directed toward elected officials because there's no such thing as a write-in campaign when it comes to the Census.