The future of LGBTQ rights was born here, too: Vermont Avenue and the Death of Tyra Hunter

The future of LGBTQ rights was born here, too: Vermont Avenue and the Death of Tyra Hunter

54 years after African Americans fought to end police brutality on this street, the LGBTQ community did the same against their public protectors, and ignited a revolution of their own.

Grimke School, 1923 Vermont Avenue, now sits abandoned, in the shadow of the African American Civil War Memorial, and next to the African American Civil War Museum. It’s about to get redeveloped, so won’t look like this for much longer.
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When Church meetings Became Street Protests: Vermont Avenue and the Era of Civil Rights, Washington, DC, USA

When Church meetings Became Street Protests: Vermont Avenue and the Era of Civil Rights, Washington, DC, USA

This very complete historical account of the fight against police brutality from 1936-1941 in Washington, DC Shootings by DC Police Spark Fight Against Brutality 1936-41 | Washington Area Spark tells the story of Vermont Avenue’s presence in the earliest marches for personal freedom, 80 years after Abraham Lincoln traversed this road to reach his refuge in Northwest Washington, DC.

They happened during a time when African American people felt powerless at the hands of the Washington, DC police force.
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The origins of Vermont Avenue, Washington, DC USA

The origins of Vermont Avenue, Washington, DC USA

Vermont is one of Washington, DC’s state-named avenues, one of six state named avenues that emanates from the White House. The State of Vermont joined the union in 1791, while Washington, DC was being laid out, so it received a place in the earliest maps of the city.

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Thanks for publishing my photo, in 12 Most Eye-Catching Public Works of Art in NYC - NewYork.com

Thanks for publishing my photo, in 12 Most Eye-Catching Public Works of Art in NYC – NewYork.com

In tribute, artist George Segal cast four bronze figures — two standing males and two seated females — depicting the love shared between them rather than sexuality. Completed in 1980, it took 12 more years to overcome public opposition and be installed in Christopher Park, opposite the Stonewall Inn. Despite repeated vandalism over the years, the couples remain ever tender.

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Doctors should love architects: Design & Health Leadership Group 2016 Meeting

Doctors should love architects: Design & Health Leadership Group 2016 Meeting

If you’re accountable for the health of a person, their family, and their community, and there’s another professional designing the environments they’ll be in 90% of the time, you’ll want to partner with them, too.

I am the most junior physician member of the American Institute of Architects Design & Health Leadership Group, joining Andrew Ibrahim, MD (@andrewmibrahim) and Matt Trowbridge, MD (@MTrowBr) who are already members.

I’m happy with that position because of the personal mantra that I’ve recited many times here:

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Using our Placemeter video population sensor to explore the metro shutdown

Using our Placemeter video population sensor to explore the metro shutdown

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth) has a new population sensor, manufactured by Placemeter (@Placemeter), that monitors pedestrians on the Metropolitan Branch Trail outside of our social innovation center.

The sensor was installed about 3 weeks before the day the Washington, DC Metro was emergently shut down, on March 16.

I thought I’d take advantage of that unique event to see what happened to the movement of people on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
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Thanks for publishing my photo of Virgin America, PopSugar, and…

Thanks for publishing my photo of Virgin America, PopSugar, and...

Thanks for publishing my photo @PopSugar, in your post, linked below.

Since it’s my turn to comment:

I’ll say that the @VirginAmerica story showed that there is still plenty of room for innovation in our legacy industries (*cough* health care). – Look what happened for, oh, 70 years – airline passengers were told that staring at a white wall for 5 hours was the air travel “experience.”
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