Last year at this time, there was no Section 1557 rule (see: A Historic LGBTQ Health Symposium on a Historic Day ) or Title IX guidance, with the former on its way to being the biggest change in health care that I can remember in my career. Lyndon Baines Johnson and Richard Nixon would be proud of their legacy.
Through and because of the work of Phil Kucab (@PhillipKucab) I was honored to see and meet Jeanne White-Ginder, who was in Washington, DC on the 25th Anniversary of the Ryan White Care Act.
Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) and Jim McDermott (@RepJimMcDermott) reminded the audience in their comments that the world was once an unkind place for people it didn’t understand, and, more importantly, the kindness and societal transformation that arose as a result.
“When I was sworn in for my first term, I was advised not to say very much. However, I was given the floor as the newest representative, to address the Congress. I said,”I came from San Francisco to fight for funding for HIV and AIDS.
They approached me afterwards and said, “Is that the first impression you want to create with these people?”
I said,”well that’s what I came here to do.”
We now know in 2016 that physicians harbor the same conscious and unconscious biases of the community they are a part of – they are not special or less biased than the people that they serve.
Their behavior as a profession during the time Ryan White was alive, at times profoundly unethical, left a mark, and also created a generation of physicians today who are changing everything, which includes Phil, who will be receiving his M.D. degree shortly. That’s what they/we came here to do.
Rest of the photos below, including the scrapbook that Jeanne brought of memories from Ryan’s life. Enjoy.
I let everyone know the Supreme Court is going to be “busy.”
We go and when we arrive, one of the medical leaders grabs a sign with a heart shaped rainbow and asks me to take his photo. It’s Pat McBride, MD, the Associate Dean of Student Services, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. We’ve only met a few hours earlier.
In my mind, I transport myself backward in time 20 years, to a place where it’s not only inappropriate to promote equality as a physician, it’s the end of one’s career. It surely was a scary concept at my medical school.
And so, I jokingly/not-jokingly ask, “Is your Dean going to be okay with me tweeting this photo?”
The response: “Yep.”
And so I tweet it. To the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Who favorite it.
The story ends with us walking back to the our meeting room together and the scientific discourse continues. No one seems to have a problem with LGBTQ people, or their need to have the same opportunities afforded to all humans.
This year and century are filled with unexpected demonstrations of kindness in the medical profession and in health, which are gradually wiping away bias.
The world is really changing. It’s learning to love better. You can see it in the photo.
I love this century 🙂 .
That’s a great state of the union.
Arguments at the United States Supreme Court for Same-Sex Marriage on April 28, 2015 (View on Flickr.com)
I gave this presentation, what I call my 2nd TED talk (although not affiliated with an actual TED event, just a person named TED – me), exactly 3 years to the day after I gave my first one, at Henry Ford Health System, in 2012 (see: “Embrace of Failure” – TEDx talk with Regina Holliday ), with awesome leader Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday).
Thanks to my colleagues, who are doctors, nurses, lawyers in our government relations organization who asked me to bring this dialogue forward in 2015.
As it says on slide 2, I 🙂 Kaiser Permanente, and all of the people who have trust and hope that physicians, nurses, health professionals, and patients have the power to change everything. It’s in our DNA. Oh, and love always wins.
Enjoy, feel free to post any questions or comments.
This week’s photograph was taken at the annual Dupont Circle High Heel Race, in its 29th year. Mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) is pictured with the Fanta women. It’s a great night where the diversity of the community is celebrated by all.
One of my colleagues mentioned what a change it is to have police working in partnership to promote safety and a fun event. In fact, Sergeant Jessica Hawkins, the head of the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit was there with us the entire time. Jessica also happens to be a transgender woman.
Learning to love better
I checked the Washington Post, and indeed, here’s what was said in 1992 on the occasion of this event:
Last year, police on 17th Street summoned officers dressed in riot gear from Georgetown to clear the street. Six people were arrested and leaders of the gay community criticized the police response as excessive. -Martin, W. O., Sevilla, G., & Thomas-Lester, A. (1992, Nov 01). Revelers strut their stuff on a wet halloween. The Washington Post (1974-Current File) Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/140694359?accountid=46320
That was a long time, and a different attitude toward diversity ago. The future is as great as we thought it was going to be. Rest of the photos below, enjoy.