We have Census Pride and we are spreading the word and encouraging everyone to respond! But why do we care so much about the Census and what's in in for the LGBTQ community?
The Census is about money and power, 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 may be allocated the state, but when New Jersey residents are not counted, that funding drops, and so does our political power. This is even more true for underrepresented groups such as LGBTQ. The more we opt out, and more mainstream groups opt in, our disparity becomes even wider.
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.
Shape Your Future: The 2020 Census
The Census count will impact decisions about our roads, schools, hospitals, healthcare, emergency response, and more.
New Jersey Census Fact Sheet by the National LGBTQ Taskforce: Why the Census Matters for LGBTQ People
Three Ways You Can Respond to the Census Right Now!
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)