Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Being Counted.

I completed the Census yesterday and you should also fill out the Census questionnaire.

When we were trying to pass the non-discrimination bill for us the most common question was “Well how many trans people live in Connecticut?” and all we could do was shrug our shoulders.

There was no definitive answer to their question because there never was any accurate counting of trans people. When the first National Transgender Survey came out we now had some answers to the question about the needs of our community.

The 2020 Census originally had questions about us, but the questions were stripped out by the Trump administration.
2020 census: What LGBTQ Americans should know
The decennial survey won’t inquire about individuals’ sexual orientation and gender identity, but it will count cohabiting same-sex couples for the first time.
By Tim Fitzsimons
March 24, 2020

As households across the United States start to receive their 2020 census packets, LGBTQ advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people living in the country are counted and understand what’s at stake when it comes to the decennial survey.

“We want LGBTQ folks to know that census data are used to allocate political power,” said Meghan Maury, policy director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, which runs the Queer the Census campaign. The drive, formed just before the 2010 census, works to raise LGBTQ awareness and participation in the population count.
Under the Obama administration there were questions pertained to us such as sexual orientation and gender identity but they were removed from the questions. However, some questions about marriage remained.
The 2020 census asks respondents about their relationship to the person with whom they share their home, and now includes “‘opposite-sex husband/wife/spouse,” “same-sex husband/wife/spouse,” “opposite-sex unmarried partner” and “same-sex unmarried partner.” In previous surveys, the options were “husband and wife” or “unmarried partner.”
According to NBC News’ reporting from 2017, LGBTQ advocates pushed to add an explicit question about sexual orientation and gender identity, and they briefly rejoiced when a draft of the census was leaked in 2017 showing such a question. But soon after, the Census Bureau issued a statement saying that the question had been a “mistake.”
Why we need to be counted.

Mainly it boils down to money. But it also effects Congressional representation… how many House districts would represent Connecticut, we could lose a seat in the House. Funding for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Ryan White funding for those who have AIDS/HIV, and public housing.

The questions would also help to answer questions that we get from legislators when we try to pass needed legislation.

The Census form that I filled out yesterday was the short form, it just asked who lived at your address and a few demographic questions.

Please fill out your Census forms, it could mean a lot to you and Connecticut.

Day 14 of Social Isolation… er… Social Distancing

Same as all the other days except that I dropped off my bills at the post office and went grocery shopping. The only thing different at the grocery store was when I went to get my cart, there was a store clerk who handed me my cart after she wiped the cart with a disinfectant.

At night I had a NASW macro committee meeting (National Association of Social Workers) which was held via a conference call. It wasn’t very productive because everything we had planned was canceled. Workshops on macro social work… canceled. Macro social workers career panel... canceled. Social Workers meet and greet… canceled. The state NASW CT conference… canceled.

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