I don’t profess to be a follower of the latest Census Bureau forms, but maybe you, Iike me, were selected randomly to complete its American Community Survey, designed to collect data to help communities better determine and meet the needs of its citizens. (As an aside, the Bureau wasted money mailing me a letter telling me I had been selected at random and to watch out for the survey, followed a few days later by a card telling me to complete the survey – online. (A) Not everybody has the internet and (B) why didn’t you just tell me to complete the thing in the first mailing? Duh.)
What got my gaydar up was when you indicate two adults living in one household, the Bureau asks your relationship to that other person, listing as one of the options, “unmarried partner.” This is followed by questions regarding the sex of the two individuals. Ya think the Census Bureau is finally trying to get a handle on just how many of US are out there? Or for those of you up on the Census Bureau better than I, is this something they’ve been doing for a while?