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!