Bonus Mission Oct 9-10, 2024—Celebrations!

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Your Bonus Mission: October 9-10, 2024

It’s October 10, 2024—the anniversary of the game-changing My2024 event. You can trace so much of what’s good and important in your life back to the visions that took shape then.

You’re on your way to a celebration of the anniversary. People across the country are meeting in all kinds of venues to toast a decade of extraordinary progress, building on seeds that YOU planted in 2014. Your mission is to get the word out: to make the celebration as big in public awareness as it is in your heart.

Tell the world about your victory celebration in 2024 and how it builds on one of your favorite ideas from #My2024.

Do it fast: Tweet where you are and what you’re celebrating in 2024

For example:

Helping cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony for the Transgender Medical Center at Ohio State University #MY2024

Do it with media: Create a video message of you—and maybe your friends—celebrating together in 2024.

For example:

Take three friends out to dinner and tell us how each of you has applied a lesson from the LGBTQ movement to a new social justice issue in 2024.

Do it with imagination: Surprise the world. Skywrite your story. Start a flash mob. Or take your celebration to the street with signs and placards.

For example:

Deliver balloons, chocolate, and a big sign to your favorite television station to congratulate them on the great progress they’ve made in portraying diversity of sexual orientation in ALL their programming in 2024.

Post your 2024 celebrations to social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr—with the #My2024 hashtag.

Making your 2024 come to life on campus

Guest blog post by Tristan Wright of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Guest blog post by Tristan Wright of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

#Fact: Roughly 40% of all Americans have a college degree, which means that just under half of us have experienced the arduous process of looking at and applying to colleges. We all brought our own priorities to the process: did it have the program we wanted? Was it far away enough from our parents? Could we afford it? Today’s high school seniors have countless measures of university quality, from the US News & World Report to the Princeton Review. Significantly, over the course of the last decade, campuses have begun seeking status on a new type of ranking: LGBTQ friendliness.

There are two major rankings of campus GLBTQ friendliness: the Princeton Review, which conducts an annual survey of over 100,000 students across 300+ campuses nationwide, and the Campus Pride Index, a comprehensive institutional self-review. Where the Princeton Review surveys students about their campuses, the Campus Pride Index surveys campuses about themselves. The Index analyzes eight different categories of LGBT friendliness: Policy Inclusion, Support & Institutional Commitment, Academic Life, Student Life, Housing & Residence Life, Campus Safety, Counseling & Health, and Recruitment & Retention Efforts. Participating campuses are asked to self-report by completing an in-depth questionnaire, which is then analyzed by a team of researchers at the Campus Pride Q Research Institute for Higher Education. Results are then returned to the campus with an accompanying set of recommendations. Although the Princeton Review’s “Top 20 Most LGBT Friendly” list holds brand recognition, the Campus Pride Index- which was designed as a tool for institutional development, rather than institutional marketing- offers more useful information.

A common theme in many of the futures envisioned for 2024 are campuses that are more supportive- not just by having a student organization or a tiny resource center, but by making substantive, structural and policy-level changes. Ensuring that all buildings have an adequate number of gender-neutral bathroom spaces as part of standard building code on campus is as significant as making it simple for transgender students to have the correct name and gender marker on their transcript and school ID. Although apparently dull, these impact the everyday experiences of transgender students- imagine having to run to another building to use a safe restroom, only to be late to a class where the professor uses the wrong name and pronoun during roll call, outing you to everyone in the room.

As My2024 comes to a close, the conversation shifts to crafting a declaration and taking on responsibility for our next steps. The Pride Index is a tool, a way to identify specific gaps in policy and structure that can be changed to improve the campus’ ability to serve LGBTQ students. Many of us here are part of campus communities, as students or as advisors- these can be some of our next steps. Since 2004, LGBTQ students have become a significant force on campuses nationwide, and the Pride Index highlights those colleges and universities that have successfully created new- and often simple- ways to improve the college experience for queer students, as well as helping campuses identify how they can make those changes, too. If, in the last ten years, the Pride Index has grown from an idea to a ranking of over four hundred campuses, how many could we add by 2024?

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:

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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.

Snapshot: Faith and the LGBTQ Movement

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

How fantastic that faith communities are being represented. There are some amazing faith based leaders who are doing a great deal of work to shift their faiths toward inclusion.



Guest post from Pride Center of Vermont

Guest post from Pride Center of Vermont

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

I wanna hold your hand!

One of the very first hopes for My2024 was about wanting to be able to simply hands in public. The freedom to make this simple gesture is symbolic that our city streets are safe places to express affection.

But look at this awesome little ring of cards that surrounded Sasha’s card to hold its hand!

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One of the most popular suggestions was for a national same-sex hand-holding day for all – both LGBTQ and allies.

We were also reminded that there are plenty of places around the world where it’s totally normally for same-sex people to hold hands!

And, thanks to Kate for sharing this snapshot… Couples definitely shouldn’t have to wait with anticipation through an entire mass to sneak in a hand-hold for one prayer!

Once the stigma is removed, in 2024 we could all feel comfortable holding hands! And like, Rhizomebae’s awesome blog post suggests, just be a little better at loving one another! So, tomorrow – grab a hand – because same-sex hand holding is the future!

And finally, going back to the original card that sparked this conversation, where Sasha hopes to get rid of that voice telling him to be careful. I have some insider knowledge that a certain someone might be who he wants to hold hands with… and he responded beautifully: “Imagine what great things that voice could say when it isn’t always worried.”

What would the voice in the back of your head be free to dream about if it wasn’t wasting energy feeling threatened or scared? You have 12 more hours to tell us and have your voice become part of the My2024 Declaration!

NO SLEEP TIL 2024!

YOU ALL ARE AMAZING! As I am writing this, we have 2135 futures submitted by 439 people!

I really wish I had seen what the 2024th idea was! Whoever was lucky enough to submit that one is sure to have an awesome decade ahead. I think that’s an old proverb, right?

But let’s not stop here! We have 14 more hours and I can’t wait to see how these conversations continue to grow. The most elaborate and vivid visions of the future will emerge when we play off of one another’s ideas.

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Look at all the cool shapes we’ve already made. See how you can make those evolve. I think of them as little organisms of future-hopes. We can make them grow into whatever we want!

Don’t forget to check if other people are building on your ideas! If you see your “foresight points” score jump up in the top left, check the “builds on my cards” tab to see if someone responded.

I just took a look at the game stats and I loved seeing that the #1 trending word is PEOPLE.

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That’s a great reminder that wherever you might fit into the LGBTQ community, we are all people – and we are all here to collectively imagine the futures that we want.

Keep going! And only THEN, like Alana Cadence suggested, we can take action to sleep, because we did it!

Love is Power

With over 2,000 futures shared by Free people aka the global LGBTQ community dreamers, what we are declaring with our inspired ideas is the absolute power of love. And when we say power we don’t mean just abstract, we mean real time energy. In the hands of this community love really will overcome all and here’s how it happens:

Love is  respect, appreciation, and acceptance. Love that is liberated is a dream for us.

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And liberated Love is a collective demand we’re making.

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What happens when we are free to love and as importantly when we are free to be loved, accepted, respected?

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When we can freely love and be loved in any global cultural context our power surges!

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Our revolution of global acceptance for the right to love safely and freely will increase our energy & ability to take incredible actions.

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We’ll be looking at human rights and environmental issues.

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Focusing on having greater safety and protection individually.

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We will be raising  a generation of love liberated human beings.

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And we will be able, no matter where we live, to participate equally in everyday life.Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 8.33.35 PM

And we won’t just be doing all of this (because we’re super powered people!), we’ll also be using ideas of today to quantitatively show how radically our power, our productivity is increasing.

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It’s not a distant future and we know today that tomorrow’s measures of our unleashed power will show us dazzling off the charts with a global burst of liberated energy. It’s going to happen. And it’ll happen because we will have become a movement that is, as CaptainGack puts it,  one in which we can all be Free! Free from prejudice, hate, violence, judgment, and free from labels. We are declaring that in 2024 as Free people we’ll harness the power of our freedom and our love to continue boldly changing the world for the better.

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

Are you a visionary?

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This hour the spotlight is on the IFTF My2024 Visionary Foresight Award.

This award is given to the ideas that best capture the need to think about the long-term future.

To go for this award, include the hashtag #visionary in your future!

 

(Winners’ futures will be added to the My2024 Declaration and shared widely across social media by all of the My2024 partners.)

What’s next for the LGBTQ movement?

This hour the spotlight is on the My2024 Expand the Movement Award.

This award is given to the boldest ideas for a new opportunity or problem that LGBTQ people should work on, in the next decade.

To go for this award, include the hashtag #expand in your future!

 

(Winners’ futures will be added to the My2024 Declaration and shared widely across social media by all of the My2024 partners.)

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