Jerame Davis

Our Families Count Launches Website

Filed By Jerame Davis | November 10, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: 2010 Census, LGBT Families, Our Families Count

In July, I wrote about a project I've been involved with that aims "to educate and motivate all LGBT Americans and households to be visible in 2010, and to take part in the 2010 U.S. Census."

ourfamilieslogo.pngAt that time, Our Families Count was in its infancy with little more than a list of participating organizations and a website I had hastily put together to fill the void while a more professional and sophisticated site could be built.

Today, Our Families Count is proud to launch our new website at www.ourfamiliescount.org. It's chock full of information for LGBT families about the Census, such as how to fill out the form, how same-sex households will be counted for this Census, and a great photo gallery of LGBT families.

So, go check it out. Let us know what you think. Official press release, including a full list of current partners and a Spanish language translation is after the jump.

November 10, 2009 Washington DC - Many leaders and advocates among America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community unite today in the launch of Our Families Count (www.ourfamiliescount.org) -- a new voluntary public education initiative promoting LGBT visibility and participation in next year's U.S. Census.

The new 2010 Census education project is a truly collaborative and unique strategy to unite disparate populations across the entire LGBT spectrum. The outreach effort is designed to educate all about the importance of responding to the once-a-decade Census.

The new website is found at www.ourfamiliescount.org and will be formally launched today in both English and in Spanish language versions.

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

Community Leaders:

  • Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC)
  • American Institute of Bisexuality
  • Bialogue
  • The Bilerico Project
  • BiNet USA
  • Bisexual Resource Center
  • California Faith for Equality
  • Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
  • Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
  • Equality Across America
  • Equality California
  • Equality Federation
  • Family Equality Council
  • Freedom to Marry
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
  • The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
  • Georgia Equality
  • HONOR PAC
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • International Federation of Black Prides, Inc.
  • LA Bi Center
  • Lambda Legal
  • MEGA Family Project
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
  • National Sexuality Resource Center
  • New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN)
  • One Iowa
  • Palm Beach County (Fla.) Human Rights Council
  • PFLAG National
  • Safe Schools Coalition
  • Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
  • Transgender American Veterans Association
  • Unid@s
  • Youth Pride

Business Leaders:

  • Dancenow Productions, Inc.
  • Echelon Magazine
  • MZM Farm, LLP
  • Renna Communications
  • Savvy Navigator Tours LLC
  • Savvyplanners.com
  • Witeck-Combs Communications, Inc.

Academic Leaders:

  • National Sexuality Resource Center, San Francisco State University
  • The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
  • Why LGBT Communities and Leaders Care about the 2010 Census

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."

It also is important to emphasize that 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. The Our Families Count campaign also takes no position on specific policy issues or questions.

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, for Frequently Asked Questions about the 2010 Census, as well as for additional, expert media contacts that may help identify diverse LGBT couples and households willing to take part in press interviews.

To Endorse Campaign Visit:
www.ourfamiliescount.org/join

Campaign Media Contact:
media@ourfamiliescount.org
Bob Witeck
202-887-0500 ext. 19

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Para publicación inmediata: martes, 10 de noviembre de 2009

Se Lanza Oficialmente FamiliesCount.org
Campaña bilingüe para un censo preciso de comunidades LGBT en el 2010

10 de noviembre de 2009, Washington, DC - Líderes y grupos de la comunidad lesbiana, gay, bisexual y transgénero (LGBT) se unen hoy en el lanzamiento de Nuestras Familias Cuentan (www.ourfamiliescount.org/es), una nueva iniciativa de educación pública voluntaria para promover la visibilidad y la participación de la comunidad LGBT en el censo estadounidense del 2010.

Nuestras Familias Cuentan es un proyecto distinto que fue lanzada para unir a diferentes poblaciones en todo el espectro LGBT. La campaña esta diseñada para educar a la comunidad sobre la importancia de responder el cuestionario del censo cada diez años.

El nuevo sitio web se encuentra en www.ourfamiliescount.org (www.ourfamiliescount.org/es) y será lanzado formalmente tanto en inglés como en español.

Los grupos comunitarios, de negocios, y de liderazgo académico que han respaldado el proyecto y su misión de educación hasta la fecha incluyen (en orden alfabético):

Líderes comunitarios:

  • American Institute of Bisexuality
  • Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC)
  • Bialogue
  • The Bilerico Project
  • BiNet USA
  • Bisexual Resource Center
  • California Faith for Equality
  • Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
  • Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
  • Equality Across America
  • Equality California
  • Equality Federation
  • Family Equality Council
  • Freedom to Marry
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
  • The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
  • Georgia Equality
  • HONOR PAC - Organización LGBT Latina
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • International Federation of Black Prides, Inc.
  • LA Bi Center
  • Lambda Legal
  • MEGA Family Project
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
  • National Sexuality Resource Center
  • New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN)
  • One Iowa
  • Palm Beach County (Fla.) Human Rights Council
  • PFLAG National
  • Safe Schools Coalition
  • Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
  • Transgender American Veterans Association
  • Unid@s
  • Youth Pride

Líderes de empresas y negocios:

  • Dancenow Productions, Inc.
  • Echelon Magazine
  • MZM Farm, LLP
  • Renna Communications
  • Savvyplanners.com
  • Witeck-Combs Communications, Inc.

Líderes académicos:

  • National Sexuality Resource Center, San Francisco State University
  • The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

Por qué las comunidades LGBT y sus líderes deben preocuparse por el Censo 2010

El experto demógrafo y "fellow" de investigación del Instituto Williams de UCLA, Dr. Gary Gates, describe por qué el Censo 2010 es importante para la comunidad LGBT: "es difícil conseguir información confiable sobre las personas LGBT y la necesidad de un conocimiento preciso es real. Las estadísticas del censo sirven de guía para decisiones claves del gobierno. Para los ciudadanos LGBT en particular, las organizaciones a nivel estatal y los centros comunitarios locales necesitan información para la planificación de servicios, mientras que los grupos que defienden a esta comunidad necesitan saber más sobre la población LGBT, según abogan por recursos".

Gates también señaló que "las personas en Estados Unidos tienen conceptos erróneos sobre la comunidad LGBT que los datos del Censo nos han permitido corregir. Por ejemplo, entre las parejas del mismo sexo: una de cada seis vive en una zona rural, una de cada cuatro es miembro de una minoría étnica, y uno de cada cinco está criando hijos (dos de cada cinco entre minoría étnicas). Aunque el Censo 2010 no incluye preguntas sobre la orientación sexual o identidad de género, el conteo de parejas del mismo sexo y sus familias proporciona información vital sobre y para la comunidad LGBT."

También es importante destacar que la información del censo nunca es compartida con otras agencias de gobierno de los EE.UU. para propósitos de ley y orden o cumplimiento de las leyes de inmigración. El censo se utiliza solamente y de manera confidencial para obtener más información acerca de todos los hogares en Estados Unidos y la población del país y nunca se utiliza para violar la privacidad de alguna persona. La campaña Nuestras Familias Cuentan tampoco toma posición sobre asuntos o preguntas específicas de política pública.

Para obtener más información general sobre el Censo 2010 visite www.census.gov

Nota a los editores: Por favor, visite el sitio web OurFamiliesCount.org/es para obtener más información sobre la iniciativa en español y para ver preguntas frecuentes sobre el Censo 2010, contactos adicionales, expertos en medios de comunicación que pueden ayudar a identificar diversas parejas y familias LGBT dispuestas a participar en entrevistas con la prensa.

Para apoyar la campaña visite:
www.ourfamiliescount.org/join

Contacto de la campaña con
los medios de comunicación:
media@ourfamiliescount.org
Bob Witeck
202-887-0500 ext. 19

Javier Angulo (en español)
(562) 367-4292


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Sweet! I heard about this from HRC. I think this is a monumental thing, Jerame. I really think that queering the census is going to be a revolution for our movement--to be able to turn to tangible data and finally show the Religious Right: SEE! YOU ARE LIARS! And turn to the Government and say: "Your own data shows that all these years you have been following the Far Right's marching orders, you've been doing terrible things to tens of millions of Americans. There are more gays than teabaggers. Fix this."

"there are more gays than teabaggers."

oh man, i sure hope so!

wonderful thing here, Jerame. and may i add, kudos to Bilerico Project for donating the domain. no wonder i like you guys.

Well I'll be! I just looked down at the bottom there! You did donate the domain!


Why are you so AWESOME!?! :-)

Yeah, our donation of the domain named the campaign. I think that's so awesome. I love this project and I'm incredibly proud of how all the orgs and businesses are coming together on this. It's very encouraging to see HRC, NGLTF and so many other orgs names on the same page and to know they're all working toward the same goal here.