The Census and the LGBTQ+ Community
The Census is about money and influence, it is just that simple. It determines how much in federal funds New Jersey receives, and how many representatives we have in Congress. The more accurately we are counted, the more we get.
This funding is personal. It's about our roads, schools, hospitals, healthcare, emergency response, and so much more. Many of these are services that are needed disproportionately by the LGBTQ+ community.
To put it in real numbers, up to $23 billion dollars may be allocated the state, but when New Jersey residents are not counted, that funding drops, and so does our political power, and that effects each and every one of us.
Historically, the Census has missed counting hard to count populations such as the LGBTQ+ community. The Pride Center is an advocate for a complete count of all individuals. We encourage you to stand up and be counted today.
The Census count will impact decisions about our roads, schools, hospitals, healthcare, emergency response, and more.
Three Ways You Can Respond to the Census
The instructions for the Census will be mailed out the week of March 12, 2020
more information to follow
links coming soon
Learn More About the Census
Members of vulnerable communities such as LGBTQ+ may be wary of responding to the Census for fear of their immigration status, concern about legal reprisal, or a fear of government in general. However, “By law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).” (Census.gov)