My2024 by the numbers

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.

Sexual Orientation

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:

Edited sexual orientation graph

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:

my2024 age graph

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
  • community
  • love
  • work / job / workplace
  • youth
  • trans / transgender
  • identity / identities
  • medical / health

90-99 occurrences of the word / word group:

  • fear
  • family

80-89 occurrences of the word / word group:

  • identity
  • children / kids
  • educate / education / learn

60-69 occurrences of the word / word group:

  • family
  • equality
  • rights
  • trans
  • bisexual
  • school
  • marry / married

50-59 occurrences of the word / word group:

  • public
  • marriage
  • justice / social justice

40-49 occurrences of the word / word group:

  • education
  • parents
  • media
  • marry
  • express / expression
  • homeless / homelessness

30-39 occurrences of the word / word group:

  • school
  • inclusive
  • respect
  • justice
  • violence
  • laws / law
  • stories / storytelling
  • worry / worrying

20-29 occurrences of the word / word group:

  • state
  • books
  • parent
  • HIV
  • power
  • students
  • housing
  • voice / voices
  • senior / seniors

10-19 occurrences of the word / word group:

  • hate
  • age
  • adoption
  • fight
  • afraid
  • travel
  • street
  • mental
  • economic
  • dysphoria
  • birth
  • bullying
  • bathroom
  • stereotypes
  • reality
  • proud
  • games
  • energy
  • church
  • partners
  • government
  • climate
  • wage
  • rural
  • privacy
  • sharing
  • libraries
  • harassment
  • class
  • art
  • service
  • privilege
  • political
  • dress

 

Only a few hours to go–build those clusters!

Collaboration builds clusters. We build on one another’s ideas. We cheer and rally. We take inspiration to imagine new possibilities and predict what’s to come. It all paints a picture that has gotten more and more rich over the past (almost) 48 hours.

Now we’re in the home stretch. Just a few more hours to go. If there are any ideas we haven’t gotten on the table, now is the time to do it. But perhaps even more important is to take a look at the clusters and go even deeper. Since yesterday morning, they’ve grown. They’re more dense with ideas. This is the cluster about holding hands in public:

hold hands cluster

If you click down through the chains of ideas you’ll find things like a this:

And this:

But zoom back out and take the bigger view. If we look at the themes across these leading clusters of ideas we might find four big zones of aspiration:

  • Safety: Several clusters remind us that it’s still not safe to be ourselves–and that it should be in 2024. We want to tackle those who would bully youth, those would bully online. We want to end violence, whether it’s on the street or in our own homes. We want to be safe everywhere we go in the US and abroad.
  • Public perception: From holding hands in public to including our LGBTQ affiliations and activities on our resumes, we don’t want to hide anymore. We want to be recognized both within and outside of the movement, whether we’re Ls or Gs or Bs or Ts or something else that doesn’t have a letter yet.
  • Practical changes: Having won a moral victory with marriage rights, we want to make that victory practical in all kinds of ways, from making the paperwork of parenting more LGBTQ-friendly to promoting gender-neutral bathrooms.
  • Inspiration and celebration: We want our culture to flow through society to provide inspiration and celebration of who we are for generations to come. We want to include LGBTQ education in our curricula. We want to write stories about who we are and see them on the shelves of our public libraries. We want to acknowledge that, yes, we’re different, and celebrate our unique history culture.

That’s the big-picture view of our national conversation so far. But it’s really the details that matter. So play some more cards. Click down into the clusters, and add your detail to the future that we’re all making together.

The future in 20 clusters

The My2024 conversation is happening in clusters, visible on the home page. These give us an at-a-glance view of the issues, the hopes, and the pure creativity in the conversation.

At the center of each of these clusters is a new freedom or a new action zone for the LGBTQ community in 2024. These are surrounded by cheers and rallying cries, by predictions and present-day opportunities for action, and by imaginative perspectives.

Some of the conversation clusters are tight rings of support for a central idea, like this one about fighting for public libraries to carry LGBT romance novels:

tight cluster

Other clusters are more like long strings, with each idea building on the previous one. An example is this one about right to data privacy and owning one’s own data:

linear

Still others are a combination of both, with a lot of support in a close-in ring and a string of thought that goes deeper, like this one about about replacing “maternity leave” or “paternity leave” with “newborn leave”:

Combination cluster

So what are the big themes in this at-a-glance view of the conversation on the My2024 home page?

  • Equality and inclusiveness within the movement
  • LGBTQ at any age
  • Parenting equality
  • Health equality
  • Workplace equality
  • Personal data privacy and ownership
  • Public expressions of sexual identity
  • Public support structures for equality

Building clusters is what conversations are all about. Whether you want to cheer someone else on or engage them in a longer, deeper dialog about a topic, take the opportunity today to build clusters that could change the future of the LGBTQ movement!