Thanks for publishing my photo, in this lovely book: Gay & Lesbian History for Kids, by Jerome Pohlen

Thanks for publishing my photo, in this lovely book: Gay & Lesbian History for Kids, by Jerome Pohlen

I didn’t know that the author of the poem “America,” Katherine Lee Bates, whose work was later set to music and became “America the Beautiful” was probably a woman who was a lesbian.

Or that the origin of the high five in 1977 was professional baseball player Glenn Burke, who was the first to come out as gay.

Or that Sally Ride, the first woman in space and the youngest American in space, was survived by her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy, who accepted her Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Or that as many as 1,000 people born as females served as men in the civil war, including Albert Cashier, who lived as a man but was forced to wear a dress until he died, with his authentic name on his headstone (“Albert D.J. Cashier”).

I was introduced to this book by its author, Jerome Pohlen, who asked to use a photograph I took on its back cover (the answer to these questions is always yes). Continue reading→

Respecting all genders in an online Health Risk Appraisal: Kaiser Permanente’s new Total Health Assessment

Respecting all genders in an online Health Risk Appraisal: Kaiser Permanente's new Total Health Assessment

Kaiser Permanente just launched its new Total Health Assessment on kp.org, with choices that respect the genders of our members. Here’s a screen shot: When a user selects “Transgender or Gender Non-conforming” as their gender they will then select whether they would like screening information relevant to male or female biology: The Innovation Story The … Continue reading Respecting all genders in an online Health Risk Appraisal: Kaiser Permanente’s new Total Health Assessment

Just Read: Eliminating physician biases against gay and lesbian people, don’t forget the “T”

Just Read: Eliminating physician biases against gay and lesbian people, don't forget the "T"

This is a study from Yale University about medical students’ explicit and implicit attitudes toward people who are gay and lesbian. Not surprisingly, medical students reflect the biases of the society around them: I created the chart above from the study data which shows that a little less than half of medical students today harbor … Continue reading Just Read: Eliminating physician biases against gay and lesbian people, don’t forget the “T”

Just Read: Blindspot: Hidden Biases that shape, and could fix, society

Just Read: Blindspot: Hidden Biases that shape, and could fix, society

The topic of implicit or unconscious bias is integrated into a lot of the work I am doing today. I did a pretty exhaustive review of the research last year in preparation for this presentation (Presentation: Being a Transgender Ally and Unconscious Bias ). I am about to give a refreshed version of the presentation to fellow clinicians at Kaiser Permanente (which I’ll post here).

I figured it would be a good idea to read the book version of all the papers I read and the experts I spoke to last year (much of it chronicled here, many many posts…). This is that book. Continue reading→

Just Read: The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

Just Read: The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

I don’t know where I came across this book by Paul Taylor (@paultaylordc) from the Pew Research Center (@PewResearch) but I did, and it combines a lot of interests of mine (and a lot of other people). Specific to me, an ongoing following of the Pew Internet (@PewInternet)’s former researcher and brilliant community colleague in DC, Susannah Fox (@SusannahFox), and a lot of work I’ve done in diversity and inclusion as well as technology, that has caused me to read a lot of the reports cited in the book. So it’s in one package here, which is great.

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Photo Friday: Washington, DC USA,  1968 and 2014

Photo Friday: Washington, DC USA, 1968 and 2014

View Composites – 1968 and 2014 – Washington, DC USA 49693 on Flickr.com I have been learning how to combine photos recently, and I am a fan of everything Washington, DC, history, and diversity, so…. Only one of the two photographs in the composite is mine. The other was taken on April 4, 1968, the … Continue reading Photo Friday: Washington, DC USA, 1968 and 2014

Allies Need Allies: 2014 SMYAL Fall Brunch

Allies Need Allies: 2014 SMYAL Fall Brunch

Permanente physician Sangeeta Iyer, MD, and NBC’s Wendy Reiger (@nbcwendy) (View on Flickr.com) SMYAL (@SMYALDC) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through … Continue reading Allies Need Allies: 2014 SMYAL Fall Brunch