A Few Photos in the Middle of History Being Made: National Center for Transgender Equality Gala

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As the numerous victories scrolled up the screen…. via @MaraKeisling

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.

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The thing that hasn’t changed since last year (se: A few photos on the way to the right side of history, at the National Center for Transgender Equality 12th Anniversary Gala) is the feeling that this room, with people numbering in the hundreds, is the place where the world is changing.

Of course, now the most impactful organizations are now a part of the change, and why wouldn’t they be, Equality Equals Health, Productivity, and love always wins 🙂 .

Rest of the photos below, enjoy.

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Photo Friday: “Just be a Mom” Jeanne White-Ginder on the 25th Anniversary of the Ryan White Care Act

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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.

I actually quoted Nancy Pelosi on this blog 6 years ago, when she said this (“Shattered ceilings, doors, and computer screens – Speaker of the United States House Nancy Pelosi and Regina Holliday“), that I still remember to this day.

“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.

#PSOTU2016 : My Story

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Community colleagues Claudia Williams (@ClaudiaWilliams), Nick Dawson (@NickDawson) and I hosted a delightful gathering in Arlington, Virgina for People’s State of the Union (#PSOTU2016), “AN ANNUAL CIVIC RITUAL AND PARTICIPATORY ART PROJECT” supported by the US Department of Arts and Culture (@USartsdept).

The suggested themes for stories are below. We slightly modified them to be about health.

  • Share a story you think the next President absolutely needs to hear.
  • Share a story about something you have experienced that gave you insight into the state of our union.
  • Share a story about a moment you felt true belonging—or the opposite—in this country.

My story theme was about a time in 2015 that I felt optimistic about health in our country. It has a title that I’ve oft mentioned on this blog:

The World is Learning to Love Better

Since I’m into visuals and social media, my story includes both.

It goes like this.

“What Cis People Say To Trans People Vs. What We Hear” via Buzzfeed

The day before our gathering I saw this cartoon.

In medicine (and society), you could apply it to any group, when people say, “I have no problem with ____ people.”

I heard that a lot about lesbian/gay people, as well as about people with HIV/AIDS, when I was in training.

Actually, I hear it sometimes today, and what I hear is, as the cartoon says, “I have a problem with ____.”

It’s the problem of bias, explicit, and implicit, and it continues to challenge the medical profession.

In that context the story about optimism happens in April, 2015.

April 28, in fact. That warm spring day, we’re hosting a roundtable with the American College of Sports Medicine, with some very senior medical leaders.

My contribution to the day is to lead a few walking meetings. I realize that if we walk to the Supreme Court with these senior medical leaders, we’re going to encounter a huge crowd gathered in front of the Court to support marriage equality on this day (see A few photos taken on the way to the future #SCOTUS #LoveMustWin #WalkingMeeting for the whole scene).

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.

SCOTUS 2015 APRIL LGBTQ 54824 – Patrick McBride, M.D., M.P.H, FACC is associate dean of student services at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and is in Washington, DC as part of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)/Kaiser Permanente Roundtable: Call to Action on Making Physical Activity Assessment and Prescription a Standard of Medical Care

Arguments at the United States Supreme Court for Same-Sex Marriage on April 28, 2015 (View on Flickr.com)

Presentation: How to sustain a (health) revolution

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).

Back in 2012, it’s highly possible that I thought that everything that needed to be done had been, and then a mobile app (see:What it means to earn a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index) and an anonymous email sent to me around the time of the 2012 presentation changed everything.

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.

Photo Friday: High Heel Race, Washington, DC USA – Proof that the world is learning to love better

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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.

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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.