Thank you all!

The successful work of the Our Families Count project was made possible only by collaboration among more than 200 community, business and academic partners.  Your participation made a real difference in trust and encouragement for many to complete their 2010 Census forms – and above all, to put real faces on same-sex couples in every community.

Over the past year, thousands of LGBT people and their families have learned about the importance of filling out their census forms and how to maximize the visibility of their family relationships in the eyes of our Federal government. Thanks to all who helped get the word out, our communities also will receive their fair share of government funds. Whether the issue is our schools, our roads, our healthcare or most important, our voice in government, it is vital to be counted.

The U.S. Census and LGBT Households

Every 10 years, under our Constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to conduct an accurate count of all Americans and households, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and our families. Census statistics guide many vital government decisions. Federal and state governments use census numbers to form congressional district boundaries and to distribute billions of dollars for social services. Non-profit organizations use census statistics to plan services for individuals and their families, influencing the locations for schools, roads and hospitals, for example.

Jobs. Roads. Hospitals. Schools. The 2010 Census matters for every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person in the United States.

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