It’s time to take Epic Action

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This hour the spotlight is on the My2024 Epic Action Award.

This award goes to an Act! card that most motivates us to take action on an important issue.

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

 

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

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

What is the MOST inspiring freedom?

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This hour the spotlight is on the My2024 Inspiring Freedom Award.

This award is given to the Positive Imagination cards that truly inspire us to make that freedom real for everyone by 2024.

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

 

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

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)?

Love is Rad: A Personal Futures Story

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Guest blog post by Nicolas Seip, True Colors Fund

Like many in my generation, I didn’t grow up in the so-called “nuclear family” unit. My parents split up before I can remember. While divorce certainly didn’t make my childhood any easier, it did expand my understanding of the word “family.” To me, it never meant a mom, a dad, and a few kids. It meant two homes, two Christmases (which was a bit of a perk, I must admit), and eventually a stepmom and three stepbrothers.

I’m not gay, and I’m not transgender. I only know what it’s like to be a straight, cisgender male. But I also know what it’s like to be rejected by one’s family. In my case, it wasn’t due to my sexual orientation, but rather stemmed from my dad and stepmom’s own infighting, mixed with a very (how can I put this?) by-the-book interpretation of the Bible. I bore much of the brunt of a messy marriage. And I don’t doubt that if I were gay, it wouldn’t have been at 19 that I was kicked out, but at a much more tender age. And while my own family might’ve rejected me, I could at least find solace in knowing that the whole of society didn’t. That isn’t always the case for those whose identity or experience (be it sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, or something else) differs from my own. My history doesn’t give me a firsthand understanding of identity-based rejection, but it has made me keenly aware of one thing: that it’s never the kid’s fault.

40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness in the United States identify as LGBTQ. When you compare that to the 5-7 percent of the general youth population that identifies as LGBTQ, it’s pretty clear that there’s a big issue on our hands, and that we’re failing to address it as a nation. When you consider that most of these kids are kicked or forced out of their homes simply because of whom they love or how they identify, it should come as no surprise that many LGBTQ youth redefine the meaning of “family” for themselves.

When I was on my own, my friends became my family. I owe them a great deal for supporting me at my lowest. I’ve heard similar stories from my LGBTQ friends who’ve experienced rejection from their own blood-related families. And it usually comes back to one thing: your friends chose you and love you for who you are…. the way your parent ought to (minus the “choosing” part, I suppose… though love is always a choice).

I also had a lot of support from my faith community. And, though I’m not so religious anymore, one of my biggest dreams for 2024 is that my LGBTQ family members and friends can walk into any place of worship and feel that same love and support I felt. I firmly believe that if we’re going to end rejection and prejudice against LGBTQ people in our world, acceptance needs to start in our homes and in our places of worship. And as I read over the inspiring and challenging visions for 2024, I believe we can do it, because so many others want the same thing:

Here’s one that offers one way we can make this dream a reality:

That last one really speaks to me. Because the only radical thing about love should be the emotion itself. I don’t know about you, but I think love is pretty rad. All love. And I can’t help but believe that in 2024, our families and faith communities will agree.

And why not have hope? If you haven’t spent much time reading the dreams on this website for the future of this movement, I challenge you to do so – and to share your own! I bet that after you do, you’ll feel the same hope too.

With radical love,
Nick

Guest blog post by Nick from True Colors Fund.

Do you have Urgent Optimism?

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This hour the spotlight is on the My2024 Urgent Optimism Award.

This award is given to the Critical Imagination cards that best portray a future challenge LGBTQ people can solve.

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

 

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

LGBTQ History and Education

Guest blog post by Megan Elise, Rush Center

Guest blog post by Megan Elise, Rush Center


It probably shouldn’t be surprising that in a discussion about dreams and visions of the future, many people are also concerned about preserving the past. There have been several active clusters discussing the importance of remembering LGBTQ histories and culture as we envision a safer and move inclusive future.

Some, in response to these critical imaginations, also raised possible issues with who is included in these histories, and how you spread knowledge of them beyond the limits of the existing LGBTQ community.

But not all was concern! There was also some excellent sharing of existing resources, and suggestions for making use of new technologies.

Share your own thoughts about preserving and sharing LGBTQ history over at http://my2024.us/

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:

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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:

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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!

Future Visions from the DC Center

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Team Contributions from Santa Cruz, CA!

While hundreds of people have contributed to the Foresight Engine as individuals, teams of people gathered at local centers to take part as a team.

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One such face to face gathering was by Team Santa Cruz, a 4 person team from the Diversity Center that contributed 7 visions of the future. They covered a LOT of territory, from health and healthcare futures:

 

To media and public office:

From faith and religion…

To education, and more…

Thanks to the Diversity Center for hosting this team! Interested in having a pop-up event tonight around My2024? Check out the Group Gathering Guide for ideas on how to get started!

New Alliances

New alliances often emerge out of very personal futures. Take this idea, for instance, contributed by Meng Guo:

 

It led to two future scenarios. Scenario 1: Non-Discriminatory Geek Squad! Scenario 2: American League of Gay Wedding Photographers! Here’s how they played out:

Scenario 1: Non-Discriminatory Geek Squad

 

Then, another participant pointed out that technology is still powered by humans, hence the need for a Non-Discriminatory Geek Squad:

Scenario 2: American League of Gay Wedding Photographers

Inspired by the same starter idea by Meng Guo, another participant said:

An hour later…

Five hours later…it looks like this vision for the year 2024 might just have started to become real today!

Who has faith in the future?

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The spotlight this hour is on the My2024 Faith in the Future Award.

This award is for the idea that best illustrates a future of increased inclusion for LGBTQ people in communities of faith.

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

 

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

Virtual Communities & the Digital Divide

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

The Gay Alliance, the local LGBTQ non-profit where I work here in Rochester, NY, just had a community forum where we did our own version of My2024 the old-fashioned way, with post-it notes. The most common response from our participants was a desire for community space. A few weeks later, I’m sitting here, on my bed, in my pajamas, collaborating with people on the other side of the country- marveling at this scaled up, 21st century post-it board. Its fascinating to participate in something so widespread, with such potential to collect real and substantive goals for the next decade- a virtual community space, embodying the unique potential of the digital world to meet the needs that aren’t always as easy to create in physical space. Or, in cases like My2024, spaces that simply couldn’t exist in physical space.

There’s a statistic that always nags at me, though: a quarter of Americans live without home broadband access. That includes those who only have a smartphone as their high-speed internet connection. Just as we’ve long created and recreated physical spaces that segregate- by design or through disparate impact- the 21st century includes a new type of segregation, where virtual space is closed to many of the same people excluded from physical ones. What gets me most, in all of this, is that it doesn’t have to be this way: 98% of us live in an area where broadband is available, we just can’t afford it. Elsewhere, in nations considered less “developed” than ours, internet is far cheaper and of better quality than what most of us get here. Clearly, the persistent digital divide doesn’t need to persist at all.

My2024 demonstrates the potential to create virtual spaces that bring together ideas and resources that physically would’ve been impossible. It opens possibilities for crafting new solutions to the digital divide, ways to bring together resources and ideas. My hope for 2024 is that LGBTQ activism over the next decade will include actions to make broadband a public resource, establishing a ubiquity of access to the virtual communities that we’re creating today.

Transgender futures

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This hour, the spotlight is on the My2024 Transgender Futures Award.

This award goes to the participants who imagine the most compelling vision of the future for transgender people in the U.S.

To go for this award, include the hashtag #trans 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 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.

SENIORS

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!