I want to thank the OP for bringing this up and to thank anyone else, in advance, for reading this post because I'd like to share some information on this subject, about which, I've been involved for about a year.
I'm a member of one of the Census's Complete Count Committees...
I'm with the LGBT Complete Count Committee of Greater Philadelphia.
What we are telling our communities here, is what other similar complete count committees are saying elsewhere - and with the encouragement of Census employees -
1. Everyone should complete the form. This information is used to direct dollars to regions and government agencies. IF you don't complete the form, less $ will follow.
2. Those LGBT in relationships should answer the gender question however they live their lives - not by their birth gender, in the case of transgender individuals.
3. If you are in a relationship with someone and you live under the same roof - by all means, tell the government on this form. While there isn't (yet) a question that counts gay people, or those that identify as transgender, there's a question (#2) that asks if you are in a domestic partnership or marriage.
You are encouraged to answer the question as to how you interpret your relationship - not how the federal government sees your relationship.
So, if you view yourself as being married (regardless of your state government's rules, check off married.
If you view yourself as in a domestic partnership - answer it that way.
4. It should be noted that not all LGBT groups do not agree on #3, but a good percentage do...
5. There are concerted efforts underway within the Census, the Obama adminstration, with the Human Rights Campaign, LGBT foundations, the National Gay and Lesbian and Task Force and more to work within the system and to get the greatest count of our communities to occur. The government wants to hire LGBT people to help with the Census and have been dispatching employees out to LGBT organizations to engender more support in doing so. At my office, we have an LGBT employee flyer for the Census to increase the number of people coming into the health center to consider applying.
For more information about the efforts to inspire more participation among LGBT people and to provide resources, visit:
Thanks for reading - and please share with others!
Perry from Philly