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The Susan J. Hyde Award and a Queer Pop Quiz

February 5, 2010

Grace Sterling Stowell received the Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement. Stowell is a transgender woman who has been an activist and leader in the social justice and LGBT communities for more than 35 years. She was the first executive director of Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth (BAGLY). Accepting her award, she remembered how far we've come, when she said, "In the '60s I was called a 'sissy,' in the '70s 'faggot,' in the '80s 'drag queen,' in the '90s transgender, in the past decade I was called a 'woman' and now I'm just Grace." Photo by Inga Sarda-Sorensen.

"Queer pop quiz: How many LGBT people are there? Answer: We don't know." That's how Jaime Grant, Task Force Policy Institute director, reminded the Creating Change audience that the U.S. Census Bureau wants an accurate count of everyone in the country – but there's no question in the survey that asks if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It's past time to Queer the Census! Sign the petition at http://www.QueertheCensus.org to demand that the census ask the question and count everyone! Photo by Inga Sarda-Sorensen.

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