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Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) Partners with the U.S. Census Bureau to Support the 2010 Census
Dear Members and Friends of MCC,
As part of our commitment to social justice, beloved community, radical inclusion and spiritual transformation, MCC is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau and Our Families Count to spread the word about the importance of the 2010 Census to our U.S.-based churches and local communities.
When examined from a global perspective, census in any country impacts the world. Almost every nation conducts some sort of census or accounting of residents on a regular basis.To date, the United States Census has never taken into account Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities by including married or coupled LGBT people in our households.2010 marks the end of this incongruity in the census of United States residents!
In previous census years, data received for households required gender identifications of male and female if “married” or “domestic partner” was selected.For the first time in U.S. Census history, marriage and/or domestic partnership will not be limited to male-and-female gender indicators.In other words, the United States Census will count as valid all households which indicate a partnership, regardless of the gender identifiers.
Our transgender siblings will also receive the privilege of indicating the gender (unfortunately still limited to only “male” or “female”) that they prefer.This is a change from previous years when our transgender siblings were expected to indicate the gender assigned at birth.We still have much work to do for this cause!
Every year, the U.S. federal government distributes more than $400 billion (USD) to state, local and tribal governments based on the collected census data.Accurate census data helps determine congressional representation, grant funding and serves to guide local decision-makers on where to build new roads, hospitals, housing, schools, places of worship and more.
We have the opportunity to participate in the census as people of faith.In doing so, we rise up to be counted and add integrity to the data collected; we also aid in determining the social, economic, and spiritual needs for our local communities.Pledging our commitment to be counted in this United States 2010 Census is another way to lift our voice to improve the quality of life in our U.S.-based communities.We are hopeful and hope-filled that our efforts will continue to bring about changes positively affecting the safety and livelihood of all of our LGBT siblings.
MCCers, I ask you to please prayerfully consider how you, your familyand friends, and your local church congregation can find a way to get involved in the census wherever you are in the world.MCC, can we count on YOU? (See below for some suggestions.)
Almost every nation has provisions for enumerating domestic residents and citizens abroad.As census polls are taken throughout 2010 and 2011, please join all of our global family in prayer, participation, and accurate accounting of our siblings.
We are inviting each of our local churches to sign up as Census Advocates committed to partnering with us as family in being counted this March!Click here to sign up!
Members & Friends
Individual members and friends of MCC, we are asking you to consider one or both of the following options:
1) Consider volunteering to help your local MCC to spread the word.
2) Consider volunteering with your local census program in getting our local LGBT family engaged in the census.
2010 Census data will be collected in The Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil and other nations.
2011 Census data will be collected in Australia (which included same-sex de facto marriage in 2006), European Union, South Africa, United Kingdom and other nations.
About Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)
Metropolitan Community Church, founded in 1968, is a human-rights movement and ministry operating as a Christian denomination in 25 countries around the world. MCC has often been and continues to be one of few leading advocates for vulnerable people in places where religious orthodoxy, sexism, and homophobia can result in violence and death. MCC’s promise is stated in its tagline “Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.”