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 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