My2024 takes a stand against bullying #spiritday

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.

Announcing the My2024 Youth in Action Award!

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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!

The Future is Bright for LGBTQ Youth

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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

Announcing the My2024 Inspiring Freedom Award!

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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.

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When these freedoms finally do become a reality, the year 2024 will be a really incredible place to live and breathe.

Congratulations, Jak MT!

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Guest Judge, Ethan Smith, GLAD

Snapshot: Aging & Education

This is part of a series of posts by Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) that highlight interesting ideas and important topics from My2024

It’s really amazing to see all the posts about aging. I am heartened that this movement is keeping our seniors in mind. So often people forget or write off seniors when indeed they carry so much our our history. It would be great seeing posts that connect our need to remember/reclaim/celebrate our history with posts about senior inclusion.



Guest post from Pride Center of Vermont

Guest post from Pride Center of Vermont

Employment Discrimination

Guest post by Ethan Smith, GLAD

Guest post by Ethan Smith, GLAD

So far during this event, I have been blown away by how many people are contributing to this collective vision for the future, and exploring more topics than I think I ever could have imagined on my own.

A number of threads on the topic of employment discrimination and equality in the workplace by the year 2024 are bringing up interesting points and concerns. Along the vain of positive imagination, some speak on openness about gender identity, transitioning in the workplace and so many more, seen here:


Of the many points brought up in future imagination categories, one valuable mention is the emotional aspect of these acts and changes, and the effects they may have on each individual and their ability to succeed.

Some predictions are even getting into the nitty-gritty of economic equality as it pertains to healthcare, and so many other basic needs of all persons.

The affirmation is that if policies around these issues were to change, the well being of LGBTQ persons across the country would be greatly improved. One person also offered a link to bring attention to the wage gap LGBTQ persons face nationwide. This proved to be a great conversation starter for some who hadn’t been exposed to that information as being an additional issue currently being faced by the LGBTQ community.

The link to that article can be found here

All of these cards end up leading to a similar resolution; it is time for policies regarding employment discrimination to change, and we must continue to move these cases forward. One such case was just brought into being last month. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) of Boston, MA, filed a lawsuit against Walmart on behalf of a lesbian employee who was denied spousal health coverage. This leads to my favorite declaration and call to action I’ve seen thus far related to employment discrimination:

Added to the list in this card are many future possibilities of the collective voices I’ve mentioned earlier. So it seems that these changes may not be far off, truly an accurate prediction and wish for the year 2024.

-Ethan Smith, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Photo credit: Jonathan Weiskopf

Health Matters

Guest post by Cesar Hernandez, PFLAG

Guest post by Cesar Hernandez, PFLAG

Many people have shared their thoughts about the future of Healthcare. What will happen to LGBTQ people who currently lack health insurance coverage and suffer from certain chronic conditions? Will healthcare disparities continue to be exacerbated for LGBTQ people of color in the future? What are people saying…

CHARLEY RENEE says that we be free to receive health care without having to explain transgender issues to health care professionals.

Taking action is the way to go and KICK suggest we take action for inclusiveness with health care providers and health care issues, cultural sensitivity with schools, government, and doctors. We will take action to have more safe spaces and visibilty.#socialjustice #KICKdetroit #lgbtdetroit

What can we do now to help insure that healthcare disparities are not an issue in 2024? A great way to start taking action now is through education says LIZ_PFLAG–offering training in cultural competency in all areas, including #healthcare#faith communities, workplace issues, and more!

What are your thoughts about the future of healthcare for the LGBTQ community?

-Cesar Hernandez, PFLAG

Snapshot: Asexuality+

In a movement that celebrates sexuality, it is amazing to see asexuality brought into the conversation in a celebratory way. Too often asexuality is left out of conversations or not fully understood to be a viable option.

Are there issues you care about that aren’t represented? Make your voice heard at www.My2024.us

Guest post from Pride Center of Vermont

Guest post from Pride Center of Vermont

This part of a series of posts by Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) that highlight interesting ideas and important topics from My2024

Snapshot: Police

This is the first in a series of posts by Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) that highlight interesting ideas and important topics from My2024

Police. What a tough topic. So many in our community are harmed when interacting with the police and yet many have had positive interactions. We must work to make certain that whatever option someone chooses, they will be connected to safety and will experience justice.

What are your thoughts? Add your voice, shape the future of the movement. www.My2024.us

Guest post from Pride Center of Vermont

Guest post from Pride Center of Vermont

Families are #Winning in 2024

Guest post by Adah-Duval of Family Equality Council

Guest post by Adah-Duval of Family Equality Council

Members of the My2024 community see a future where families thrive in a supporting and loving world, where old ways of thinking no longer exist and families have no predefined meaning.

So of course old policy will be addressed

Though, currently with the limited protections LGBTQ families have under the law —in some instances nonexistent protections — people could do simple things like Cassie C.M. Biron.

Others just look forward to easy introductions of their partner to their families and safety from violent or hurtful responses like Kenny and Tristan

 

Annalouise8 sees families being stronger for generations to come

No matter how you slice it, we all wish for humanity like Kick

Add your voice to the conversation at My2024.us

-Adah- Duval, Family Equality Council

A Practical Question: What does the future hold for bathrooms?

Guest post by Jim Key of the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Guest post by Jim Key of the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Many people have shared thoughts about the future of bathrooms. It’s not surprising, because the “specter” of people using a bathroom that doesn’t match their birth gender is frequently used as a scare tactic by opponents of LGBT equality. In fact, Natalie says not being afraid to use a public restroom would be a godsend.

DaniSteely envisions a future with restrooms for people of all possible gender identities. Jonny’s looking forward to a future with gender neutral bathrooms, especially on educational campuses. Heron says that more cities should follow the DC example and make single-stall restrooms gender neutral.

But how would people know where to find those bathrooms? Well, Tessa says she can’t believe there isn’t an app to find a gender neutral bathroom.

What are your thoughts about the future for the LGBT community (not necessarily related to restrooms)?

What’s the future for our youth & seniors?

Guest post by Jim Key of the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Guest post by Jim Key of the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Not surprisingly, many people have been posting about futures in which LGBTQ youth live happier and healthier lives—but My2024 contributors haven’t forgotten about seniors, either.

Several, like Ellen, wrote about taking action to end LGBT youth homelessness. This is a particularly important issue, because a staggering 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ.

Others, like Cassie, want to take action to support families with #LGBTQ-identified children and to make sure they have accepting families and homes, and suggested legislation we can support today to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth.

What many don’t know is that a hugely disproportionate percentage of kids in the foster system are LGBTQ and suffer abuse because of it. That’s why I wrote about my dream of a future in which I could adopt a foster kid who wasn’t harmed or harassed simply for being LGBTQ.

Many people “favorited” Kim’s idea to have children learn LGBTQ history in schools. In fact, California already passed legislation to make that happen.

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All too often, seniors feel like they’re invisible, but fortunately posts about them on My2024 are quite visible.

Many people liked Kim’s post about including seniors in our visioning for the future in ways that take into consideration how they communicate.

Buddynkila wrote about the need to take action for affordable healthcare and homecare monitoring for LGBTQ seniors.

LGBT seniors are much more likely than other seniors to live in poverty, which is why I added to that post, expressing the additional need to provide affordable housing for them.

Jonny summarized it all well, saying we need to attend to our elders today so we can make their senior years better and prepare, collectively, for our own (some sooner than others)!

What do you think? Add your voice to the conversation!