Here at My2024 headquarters we’re catching our breath from the amazing 10 day event, taking a step back, and looking for patterns from your futures for the LGBTQ movement across the My2024 platform, on social media, and in dozens of community center events over the 10 days of My2024.
Below is a first look at major themes from My2024 futures. We started with the raw set of words from all contributions and then did some light editing, mostly to combine related words like marry and marriage. And it’s interactive! Each word is a link to search the My2024 site for that topic.
This is a great way explore the hopes, concerns, predictions, and priorities that you imagined for LGBTQ people in 2024. You can start with the most frequent topics like marriage or identity—each one has many different branches of thinking—but also dive into next level themes like bisexual, rural, or climate.
For more highlights from the futures of My2024 check out the final Declaration, a call-to-action for the LGBTQ movement in 2024 we created together. And keep watching My2024 on Twitter and Facebook for more futures, more patterns, and new ways to imagine and make the future.
In honor of #spiritday, and the millions of people taking a stand against bullying today, we wanted to highlight some of the ideas around bullying that surfaced in My2024.
We saw a lot of conversation and calls to action around bullying, online and off. For instance, this chain, which started with:
It got a lot of support from others who shared these concerns:
Some suggested that schools themselves and programs within schools, like Gay Straight Alliances, could play an important role:
Avotofuture opened another branch to the conversation by asking how technology could play a part:
In response, Ethan_Walker identified social networks as a place where norms are perpetuated and suggested building tools to subvert this process:
And Ethan_Walker wasn’t the only person to make a suggestion about actions we could take to make school, online social networks, and other spaces more welcoming and affirming to LGBTQ youth:
Ultimately, what we need to recognize is that we have the power, and an obligation, to take a stand against bullying NOW. In 2024, the world will be a better place thanks to our actions today.
Join the Twitter town hall celebrating the close of My2024 today (Thursday, October 16th) at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific! Follow @My2024LGBTQ and the hashtag #My2024.
We did it! Hundreds of you have contributed thousands of visions of 2024 to help us create the My2024 Declaration. As it stands, the declaration represents the ideas that were favorites, or that launched some of the longest conversations, or that won a SuperInteresting award.
But the declaration is a living document. And today is your LAST CHANCE to turn it into the My2024 Declaration YOU want to make.
So this is your final mission: Vote! and Add!
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES:
- First, go to the declaration, click a card you really like, and then click the star to make it a favorite.
- Then search for other cards on the topics that interest you most. Find the cards that have the most powerful ideas. Click them and then star them to make them a favorite.
Searching is easy!
- Go to My2024.us
- Type your favorite topic in the Search box at the top of the page
- Wait to see what comes up
FILL IN THE GAPS: Are topics missing entirely? Or is there just one more world-changing idea that you want to add to the mix? Now is your last chance to add them as candidates for the declaration!
- Create a new card and add the hashtag #declaration. Then encourage your friends to build on them or vote for them by clicking the star.
Remember … this is your last chance to make your My2024 Declaration. All it takes is 5 minutes … ready, set, go!
The Youth in Action Award is given to the young person whose participation in My2024 best exemplifies the future of the LGBTQ movement.
How do we meet the unique needs of LBGTQ youth? And how can we leverage perspectives and capabilities unique to young people? One of the things that is unique to the My2024 experience is that everyone is given an equal voice, and equal chance to shape the conversation. 27% of My2024 participants were under 21 and their contributions were invaluable. For the Youth in Action award, however, we wanted to highlight one participant in particular—LILLIAN S. Over the course of the event, LILLIAN S consistently generated creative and powerful ideas, as well as thoughtful builds to others’ ideas. Here are just of few of the many outstanding contributions:
Congratulations, LILLIAN S, and all the youth in action out there! Let’s keep making a better 2024 together!
It’s October 14, 2014. Not 2024. Today. We’ve spent the past 7 days immersed in the world of 2024, imagining new victories and freedoms, new causes and struggles for LGBTQ people over the next 10 years. Now is the time to take action to make the future.
Big change in the future requires everyone to act, but not the same way we did before. Millions and billions of ‘micro-actions’—even 5 minutes or less—can add up to big changes.
YOUR MISSION: act today in 2014 to make the future we want in 2024
DO IT FAST!
Take a micro-action on social media to accelerate one of the victories or challenges in the My2024 Declaration.
- Tweet your support of an LGBTQ organization or local community center working on an issue you care deeply about.
- Engage a colleague or friend in conversation about the future you’re most passionate about from My2024. Share something from the conversation on your Facebook page or elsewhere online.
- Launch an online ‘town hall’ among your friends and networks to catalyze conversation on an issue you care about. Maybe you start the hashtag #newbornleave and ask people to share why they think we should take action for newborn leave for all parents. (Include #My2024 and we’ll amplify your call.)
DO IT WITH MEDIA!
Create a love message to your favorite LGBTQ organization—or the organization you’ve always wanted to start.
- Make a video selfie explaining why you support your local LGBTQ youth group—or senior alliance.
- Design a logo for your most-wanted organization and post it on Twitter or Facebook with a 100-character mission statement
DO IT WITH IMAGINATION!
Create a Kickstarter-style video. Host a street intervention to raise awareness for a new direction for the LGBTQ movement.
- Print out 25 copies of your favorite My2024 badge and hand them out at lunch or on the train home or mail them to your favorite LBGTQ celebrity.
- Start a “hold hands” campaign and invite everyone to hold hands with their sweetie at a designated time.
Guest post by Rachel Lichtman, The Trevor Project
During these past few days, it’s been so inspiring to watch everyone’s hopes, dreams, and ideas unfold across the My2024 movement; especially as someone who works at The Trevor Project, which is the country’s only nonprofit working to prevent suicide specifically among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people. Every year, our staff and volunteers support thousands of youth who aren’t sure if they can envision the next 30 days, let alone the next 10 years.
Thankfully, through the power of human connection, we have the chance to shape the future and make sure that every young person can imagine their own 2024. These My2024 cards about creating an inclusive future really stuck out to me:
It’s up to us to create a 2024 full of possibilities, opportunities, and support. Until the day when every LGBTQ young person chooses to have a future, The Trevor Project will be here: working to build a world where every person, regardless of who they love or how they identify, is empowered to discover their bright, empowering future.
-Rachel Lichtman, Communications Manager, The Trevor Project
It’s too early for the definitive analysis of My2024, but in case you want a quick profile of who has been participating and what they’re talking about, here are a few preliminary stats.
Some participants in My2024 have shared their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles. While not everyone answered this question, here’s how the numbers break down for those who did:
Age of Participants
As participants we’ve spanned the age range from teens to those of us in our nineties. While the age skews toward the young, here’s how we span the age categories:
What We’re Talking About
Word counts don’t tell us everything we want to know about which topics count most for us, but they do give us some insight into what’s most on our mind as we think about the future. Here we provide a very preliminary list of the “meaningful” words that appeared in the My2024 cards, in the order of their word frequency:
More than 100 occurrences of the word / word group:
- place / space
- work / job / workplace
- trans / transgender
- identity / identities
- medical / health
90-99 occurrences of the word / word group:
80-89 occurrences of the word / word group:
- children / kids
- educate / education / learn
60-69 occurrences of the word / word group:
- marry / married
50-59 occurrences of the word / word group:
- justice / social justice
40-49 occurrences of the word / word group:
- express / expression
- homeless / homelessness
30-39 occurrences of the word / word group:
- laws / law
- stories / storytelling
- worry / worrying
20-29 occurrences of the word / word group:
- voice / voices
- senior / seniors
10-19 occurrences of the word / word group:
It’s October 13, 2024—ten years since you signed on to the My2024 Declaration. The movement has tackled so many of the big issues in that declaration–youth homelessness, transgender health coverage—and expanded our scope to include new challenges like climate change and newborn leave for all parents.
But we can’t lose the momentum. We’re all on our way to the biggest rally in years—across cities, across the internet, and across causes.
Your mission is to invite the world to join your rally and tell the world about the most important cause in 2024.
DO IT FAST: Tweet where you are on October 13, 2014, how big the crowd is, and what you’re rallying for. For example:
- Attending a rally party for at my local library in Oklahoma City to raise funds for the biggest collection of LGBTQ fiction in the nation #My2024
- Support leave for all parents with newborns–not just straight moms and dads–by sending a picture of your newborn to #newbornleave2024 #My2024
- Oct 2024 Giants game: a thousand LGBT sign-carrying activists, cheering as the 1st transgender World Series player bats the winning homerun #My2024
DO IT WITH MEDIA: Create an online call-to-action, telling your friends one simple micro-action they can take for the new challenges of the LGBTQ movement in 2024. For example:
DO IT WITH IMAGINATION: Prototype a flyer from your rally. Write a short news report from Oct. 13, 2024 about your rally. Or tap the crowd online. For example:
- Design a rally tee-shirt for data privacy laws through a site like teespring.com and invite all the My2024 folks to buy one.
See you at the rally!
Photo CC-licensed from Flickr user bz3rk
With nearly 3000 ideas for how to build the LGBTQ movement over the next decade, we’re asking you to now bring those ideas to life–to imagine YOUR life in 2024 by celebrating the 10-year anniversary of my 2024 on Twitter, in media, and even on the streets.
What are you doing on October 13, 2024 to celebrate the successes of the movement?
Already, we have a stunning example of how the world has changed in 2024 and how we might be gathering to celebrate our successes, submitted by Jonny Gray aka bungy32:
Now it’s your turn. And just to up the ante on your mission-making, we’re offering rewards:
- Everyone who posts a mission tweet from the year 2024 will automatically get 2500 bonus foresight points.
- Everyone who creates a media story about 2024 will get 10,000 bonus foresight points.
- And anyone who successfully creates a crowd event will receive 20,000 bonus foresight points.
You may have noticed that you’ve been earning foresight points as you share your ideas on the My2024 site. As others are inspired by your ideas, they build on them. And every time someone builds on one of your ideas, you get points. Right now, the ranking leader in foresight points is Jak MT with just over 50,000 points. But if you complete a few missions, you just might take the lead!
There are 4 missions in all, one a day for the next four days. And at the end, your mission could be selected as a winning mission. That’s worth 50,000 more points, plus we’ll feature you on the declaration itself when we celebrate the final declaration on Thursday, October 16.
So take these last few hours of Mission 1 to CELEBRATE the 10-year anniversary of My2024. And then get ready for Mission 2, coming right up.
The Urgent Optimism Award is given to the cards that best portray a future challenge LGBTQ people can solve.
Much has been written and discussed about the impact that the new voter ID laws will have on black and Latino voters, elderly and student voters, and woman and those with low income. Fewer discussions and articles have focused on the implications that the new voter ID laws will have on transgender citizens. People who have transitioned to live in a gender different from the gender assigned to them at birth face significant obstacles to obtaining identification documents that reflect their correct gender. The lack of a government-issued ID that accurately reflects one’s gender can be challenging in a variety of activities, including, with the passage of strict photo ID laws, the act of voting.
Jody L Herman of the Williams Institute has estimated that over 24,000 transgender citizens are at risk for disenfranchisement in the ten states that will or could have strict photo ID laws in place during the upcoming November general elections. It is because the risk of depriving transgender citizens the right to vote is real and extremely troubling that we have awarded the My2024 Urgent Optimism prize to Dayna’s card.
Voting is a fundamental right in a representative democracy, and we need to work together to protect that right for everyone. This means, as Alana Cadence states in her card, we will need to make documentation processes more encompassing of LGBTQ people’s identities.
By starting today, we can ensure that Dayna’s vision of registering as Trans and enjoying all the benefits our tax code affords will be her and others’ reality in 2024.
The IFTF My2024 Visionary Foresight Award is given to the ideas that best capture the need to think about the long-term future.
We pushed ourselves in the 48-hour event to think beyond just today, beyond the next few years, out a whole decade ahead to the year 2024. Just think, ten years ago we lived in a completely different world: that was the year of the first known civil marriage of a same-sex couple – Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, in San Francisco – and it was immediately challenged by the courts. There was no Facebook, no Youtube, no smartphones or tablets.
In 2024, where might we be? We might find ourselves in a world of radically enhanced empathy, with an expanded capacity to sense experiences that are different from our own. We might better comprehend the extraordinary variety of different ways to be human.
G33kGrrly inspires us to consider how the growing world of real virtual reality, and new game economics that support independent game developers, could create a new class of “compassion games.” These immersive experiences would bring us more deeply into worlds from other people’s perspectives.
Jonny Gray helps us understand the radical edges of this vision, and the challenges we may face as we grapple with the boundaries of digital and physical.
Karina Freyjudottir pushes us even farther, envisioning how deep empathy for difference might expand our understanding of all kinds of biological and technological experiments, linking current LGBTQ+ communities to the “younger and stranger siblings” who will be with us in 2024.
The My2024 Inspiring Freedom Award is given to the idea that truly inspires us to make that freedom real for everyone by 2024.
This award was incredibly hard to narrow down. So many of the positive imagination futures were truly inspiring and thinking way outside of the box! When thinking about what we are already working on as a community now, I see some real congruencies in what people have identified they are certain they will be free to do in ten years. For example, the consistently expanding work being done that we all know and love around marriage equality, illustrated here by Sherstin:
Another future that stood out to me was a comment from Sam_Polley on educating youth. There were a number of threads around preserving LGBTQ history so it could be brought to the education system at a younger age (and in some cases, be brought into education at all).
But the winner of this award is Jak MT, for this eloquent imagination card that stated something I did not realize was missing, but would be so influential to all persons, not just specific to LGBTQ identified individuals.
When these freedoms finally do become a reality, the year 2024 will be a really incredible place to live and breathe.
Congratulations, Jak MT!
Guest Judge, Ethan Smith, GLAD
The My2024 Expand the Movement Award is given to the boldest ideas for a new opportunity or problem that LGBTQ people should work on, in the next decade.
As we look to 2024 it seems probable that many of today’s challenges will no longer be issues – so part of My2024 is creating a vision for how the movement could expand, to become truly intersectional and fight for economic reform, climate change action, inclusiveness for people with disabilities, ending homelessness, gender and racial equality, prison reform, and much more!
Jonny Gray explained why LGBTQ people are so well positioned to challenge normative understandings and prepared to collaborate with other groups.
So if the movement expands to be about cultivating compassion for all, what might that look like in 2024? Jianda suggests the White House create a National Department of Compassion.
Congratulations, Jonny Gray and Jianda!
The My2024 Faith in the Future Award is for the idea that best illustrates a future of increased inclusion for LGBTQ people in communities of faith.
Today, when we think about the term “faith” and the LGBTQ movement, we often think of conflict. But in a decade, could we reverse this, so faith becomes associated with support and affirmation of LGBTQ-identified individuals in people’s minds?
With this award, we sought to highlight ideas that best illustrates a future of increased inclusion for LGBTQ people in communities of faith. We had a ton of great ideas to search through, and it was difficult to narrow it down—they were all powerful and provocative.
For instance, the winning idea from Kate:
Though many communities of faith embrace the movement and fight for the rights of LGBTQ people, they are, today, mostly considered radical. Kate imagines a future where norms have changed to the point where walking hand-in-hand with a woman in the context of a church would no longer be politicized. Similarly, Helen Fairs imagines a future in which she can talk openly and proudly about LGBTQ family members:
Finally, Tom Nichols’ idea highlighted the intersection of faith, love, and art:
And took it further, thinking about how to make this imagined 2024 a reality. Tom had the idea to start organizing on social media:
Virtuosarah noted the power of music to connect people:
And RhizomeBae urged Tom to get started right away:
Thanks to all who generated ideas around the theme of #faith! Collectively, you’re creating an inspiring vision of inclusivity in 2024!
The My2024 Transgender Futures Award goes to the participants who imagine the most compelling vision of the future for transgender people in the U.S.
There were many conversations throughout the My2024 brainstorming event dedicated to the future of transgender individuals. So many of which, began with firstly asserting that ‘transgender’ not be overlooked when discussing the LGBTQ community and movement. Due to the nature of language, in regards to transgender related terms having yet been adopted into general education, trans persons are misgendered and misunderstood every day. One user, Natalie Frost, asserts that come 2024, this will no longer be the case.
Another issue that very regularly comes up in the transgender community is that of public restrooms. One My2024 guest blog post, written by Jim Key of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, discusses just that topic. Jonny Gray believes that in 2024, this will no longer be a trial for transgender persons, and that it will someday be easy.
Finally, Charley Renee made what I believe to the most influential prediction, because it holds in it the possibility for so many other changes to be made. That future, is a future without disrespect and misunderstanding from medical professionals.
The education of these medical professionals has an effect on so much more, and the catalyst is that respect and understanding. From this future could come policy changes in hospitals and surgical institutions, policy changes surrounding health care and insurance coverage, and the list goes on. These are the futures we are working toward, and what an inclusive space it will be!
Congratulations, Natalie Frost, Jonny Gray, and Charley Renee!
Guest Judge, Ethan Smith, GLAD