Queer Census 2020


Starting May 18th, 2020 the Census Bureau will be resuming field operations in Colorado. The operation that the Census Bureau is resuming is the Update/Leave Operation. This operation is for households that live in rural areas, seasonal housing, and areas that primarily use P.O. Boxes. According to the Census Bureau, it is about 195,000 households across Colorado, details found here.
For Update/Leave a Census Bureau worker will drop off a census form at the door or gate and update the address in the Census Bureau system. This operation is critical as the households in the Update/Leave area have received no information directly from the Census Bureau. The Update/Leave operation does not have any contact with householders. Census Bureau workers will not be ringing doorbells or interacting with residents. Census Bureau workers will be wearing personal protective equipment and will be following social distancing guidelines. To find out more about where the Update/Leave operation is occurring in Colorado click here.


Every ten years our federal government conducts the Census, a count of every person residing in the United States, so that they can allocate funds for programs like Medicaid, public housing, and food stamps, and so that they can make sure that our federal, state, and local elected officials are representing roughly the same number of people.

Queer Census 2020

Attorneys, advocates, activists, and service providers then use those data to press decision-makers for change, to show the needs of their communities, and to enforce our civil rights. For the Census to work–to direct funds to the right places and to help all of us access democracy–it has to count everyone in the country. Unfortunately, it doesn’t.

Every decade, the Census misses or undercounts hundreds of thousands of marginalized people, including low-income people, people of color, and very young children. At the same time, it over counts, or double counts, hundreds of thousands of people with the most privilege, including the white population, homeowners, and wealthy people.

Colorado Together We Count texting hotline (English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese): 303-622-5881

Queer Census 2020

Overcounts of privileged people and undercounts of marginalized people reinforce systems of power and oppression in this country. That’s why the Task Force is working with our colleagues in the LGBTQ and social justice movements to ensure that all of us, and especially people from marginalized communities, are counted on the 2020 Census.

Although the Census doesn’t explicitly ask about our sexual orientation and gender identity, it is still critical for us to be counted on the 2020 Census. We need to be counted so our communities can get access to federal funds for programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and public housing; have representation in our state, local, and federal government; and enforce our civil rights.