Originally Posted by FtMPapa
Oh, and...one thing about the census (last time I crunched it) is that it doesn't actually ask for partner data. Two roommates living together looks the same as two non-married people co-habiting.
One of the big problems with the census data is that we can't figure out how many queer people it represents, we can kind of guess at it by using some parameters that are clearly biased toward middle class folk. i.e. we can guess that all groups of two females living together with children are lesbians, but some of them are going to be sisters living together and stuff like that. We do not have a good way to count queer folk from the census or other large-scale surveys.
If we did have quantitative data on queers and queer families, it would go a long way toward refuting the arguments of the Christian Right-wing in this country.
For example, do you know what state has the biggest proportion of queers living in families with children? Missouri. We always think of queers living in New York or Massachusetts or California, etc, and there are higher percentages of queers in those areas, but they're less likely to have kids and more likely to live in cities.
The government isn't coming for us. Not anytime soon, but the Xstian right is, and hiding from them doesn't do us any good.
They actually are asking for partner data on this census. For the people beyond person 1 that need to be included on the form as living in the household, the form asks "how is this person related to person 1?"
Options include: husband or wife, biological son or daughter, adopted son or daughter, stepson or stepdaughter, brother or sister, father or mother, grandchild, parent-in-law, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, other relative, roomer or border, housemate or roommate, unmarried partner
, other nonrelative.
Even though we have a civil union and I usually just classify us as "married," since this is a federal government form, we chose "unmarried partner."
Regardless, I agree w/ everything else you said. We proudly completed ours and have already mailed it back. I'm hoping this data can work FOR us, not against us.