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DETROIT — LGBT Detroit is a nonprofit organization that serves Detroit’s LGBTQ community. It has announced the rollout of a series of “Get Out The Census 2020” during COVID-19, and the inaugural Be Queer Be Counted Census 2020 Pep Rally even will air virtually on Zoom and Facebook Live platforms on Tuesday, June 16.
Be Queer Be Counted aims to ensure the successful count of LGBT+ people in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. As a virtual campaign, Be Queer Be Counted highlights why a Census count is especially meaningful during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The second broadcast of the Be Queer Be Counted Census 2020 event will occur on Tuesday, June 23.
“LGBT Detroit recognizes that this time for our world is especially unique due to COVID-19 and the unforeseen challenges in the new normal of civic and social engagement,” said Chunnika Hodges, Community Advocate and Be Queer Be Counted Project Lead. “… Completing the census is how we change the landscape of our legislative representation in local, state and federal governments — also to ensure that our communities can become healthy, safe and thriving neighborhoods for our families, friends and neighbors.”
LGBT Detroit was founded in 1994 and it commits to furthering its mission of increasing the prominence and visibility of Detroit’s LGBTQ culture. In addition, organizers say that the nonprofit is dedicated to building a “strong, healthy and vibrant community with a focus on youth and young adult development, sexual orientation and gender-identity education and advocacy, and emotional and physical well-being.”