The US Census Bureau announced a series of public service announcements targeted at the LGBT community today at a press conference at the New York City LGBT Community Center. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and George Takei were the headliners for the event. Quinn spoke adamantly on the importance of Census participation by New Yorkers not only for the reasons of acquiring the requisite federal funding but also to maintain the number of representatives New York receives in the House.
When questioned on how the Census will address non-married queer folk in the future, Quinn noted that the fact that same-sex spouses being recognized was already a huge leap for the Census. While I think it is odd to start counting gay married people before your start counting gay people is a bit backwards and a shade assimilationist, I can see how the legal ramifications of these relationships needing to be counted in the districts which recognize them.
The stars of the press conference, however, was clearly husbands George Takei and Brad Altman who recorded a message earlier with the Love is Love Project encouraging same sex couples to respond accordingly to the Census.
Catch exclusive video of the event after the jump: