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Obama administration supports U.N. statement on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity

Robert Wood, White House Acting Spokesman, released a statement on March 18, on the UN Statement on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity,” signed by all Western nations and previously rejected by the Bush Administration:

“The United States supports the UN Statement on ‘Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity,’ and is pleased to join the other 66 UN member states who have declared their support of this Statement that condemns human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity wherever they occur.

“The United States is an outspoken defender of human rights and critic of human rights abuses around the world. As such, we join with the other supporters of this Statement and we will continue to remind countries of the importance of respecting the human rights of all people in all appropriate international fora.”

Pride Agenda calls on Obama Administration to start counting LGBT people and married same-sex couples in U.S. Census surveys

Statement by Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan Van Capelle:

“It is time for the federal government to put a stop to the discriminatory practices that currently exist in the Census process in regards to our community.

“Even though the State of New York recognizes the thousands of same-sex couples who have gone to get legally married in places like Massachusetts, Connecticut and Canada, the U.S. Census Bureau will actively discriminate against these and thousands of others across the country by editing the responses of same-sex couples who report themselves as “married” on the 2010 Census Survey. No other answer given by any other American as part of the Census is going to be scrutinized and proactively reversed by the government in this way.

“The Obama Administration has the ability to easily end this discriminatory practice. We ask that President Obama direct the Census Bureau to treat same-sex couples the same way it treats opposite-sex couples. Allow us all to report our relationships on the Census survey as we see most appropriate and stop the current practice of editing the responses made by same-sex couples who consider themselves married.

“We also ask that the Obama Administration take the easy step of including LGBT people in other, more frequent surveys that the U.S. Census Bureau administers — surveys like the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and the Current Population Survey. By adding categories for sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBT Americans will no longer be invisible in the eyes of our government and our representatives can make more informed decisions about how to best allocate important resources and make effective public policy.

“It is time for government to start counting us. The Census should not be censoring.”

U.S. Census Bureau looking to hire for 2010 census

By Ove Overmyer
Staff Writer Empty Closet Newspaper

(Rochester, N.Y.)– Since December 2008, the U. S. Census Bureau’s office in Buffalo, N.Y. has been actively recruiting workers throughout Monroe County for the 2010 decennial census. Despite their recent efforts in employing local residents, the limited number of applicants that have applied has been less than expected. Their goal is to hire people to work in the neighborhoods in which they live.

The first part of the 2010 decennial census operation, Address Canvassing, starts in late April. They will begin hiring and training staff for that operation this month. These temporary part-time jobs pay $13.50 – $16.50/hr depending on duties. Bob Coffey, manager of the U.S. Census Bureau in Buffalo, anticipate that the jobs will last from late April until late June 2009.

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently conducting testing of candidates at several testing sites within and around the City of Rochester. Interested individuals can arrange to take this mandatory test by calling toll-free at 1-866-861-2010 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Candidates can also call directly to our Recruiting line at 716-923-9030. A Spanish-language version of the test is also available.

The results of this decennial census will determine the allocation of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011, and for the next decade will be used to determine the annual allocation of federal expenditures among the 50 states ($300 billion/yr), annual New York State government expenditures, and will influence the decisions of private firms on whether and where to expand business in western New York State.

For more information, please go to the U.S. Census Bureau website at:
http://www.census.gov/2010censusjobs/index.php

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