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'Star Trek' Star George Takei on Queering the Census: Video

'Star Trek' Star George Takei on Queering the Census: Video

This is the first time in history that the US Census will be counting same-sex marriages. It doesn’t matter if you have a legal marriage license or not. The Census asks you to mark how you personally identify. George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, tell us why it is so important for same-sex couples to correctly fill out the 2010 Census form.

This is the first time in history that the US Census will be counting same-sex marriages. It doesn’t matter if you have a legal marriage license or not. The Census asks you to mark how you personally identify. If you and your partner consider yourselves married mark “husband or wife” when defining your relation to one another.

If you feel the need to self-identify as LGBTQI within the Census form the “other ethnicity box” provides the only space available for write-ins. If you are already using that write-in space to define your ethnicity don’t be afraid to add on your sexual or gender identity right after. For example: “Aboriginal, Lesbian”

George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, tell us why it is so important for same-sex couples to correctly fill out the 2010 Census form.

For more information on how to get your voice heard and other helpful tips on completing the census, check out Equal Roots.

And don't forget to Queer the Census - the site is providing free stickers (or small price if you want to order in bulk for you and your friends) that allow you to self-identify as LGBT on your Census form.Get one here.

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