Talking About "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

By Emily Gold Boutilier

LGBTQ Resources

Queer Resource Center, Basement of Morrow Dormitory

Angie Tissi, Coordinator

Amherst College is a place where queer students and allies have thrived. Here you will find a diverse and vibrant LGBTQQIAA: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and ally community. 

Census 2010 and Same Sex Couples

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Over 8,000 same sex couples have married in Massachusetts since it was legalized in May, 2004. Marital status is a question the Census asks of all householders – and it, like other Census questions, is self-defined. Heterosexual couples who say they are married, even if they have not legally done so, are treated as common law marriages. Same Sex couples, however, even when legally married, are never treated as such. In Census 2010 and in the ongoing American Community Survey, the Census Bureau, according to Martin O’Connell, Chief of the Fertility and Family Branch, intends to change the data gathered from married (same sex) couples, and reassign them to unmarried partner status. They will do this in the initial “clean up” of the data, when they make corrections of obvious errors – like a person who is 16, but says s/he was born in 1896 not 1996. The true data will not be available (even to researchers using PUMS, or through special tabulations) because it will have been “edited” – and the Census Bureau does not release unedited data.

LGBTQ Weekend 2007

The seventh Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Alumni Weekend will take place April 13 - 15, 2007. The weekend is to remember, honor and celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ students and alumni at Amherst College. The weekend will also provide alumni and students the opportunity to discuss the history of LGBTQ presence in Amherst life, to acknowledge the experiences of current students and to work together toward fostering connections between students and alumni. The 2005 schedule of events is available for your reference.