George Takei and husband Brad Altman are encouraging gay and lesbian couples to be counted in a new Census Bureau public service announcement.

“This is the first time in history the Census is counting marriages like ours,” an enthusiastic Altman says.

“It doesn't matter whether you have a legal marriage license or not,” Takei adds. “It only matters if you consider yourself married.”

It is the first time the Census Bureau has created official PSAs geared to the LGBT community.

According to a statement released Thursday by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the government will release a total of six PSAs that encourage gay men, lesbians and transgender persons to complete the Census. Each video will feature a well-known community leader.

Takei and Altman will join openly lesbian New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Monday at the LGBT Center in New York City to officially launch the campaign.

At the Census Bureau's You Tube channel, however, several of the videos have already been posted. They feature Harry Knox, director of Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign, Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Earl Fowlkes, president and CEO of the International Federation of Black Prides, and Ben de Guzman, co-director for programming at National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, encouraging everyone to be counted.