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). Continue reading→
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. Continue reading→
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”).
This week’s photograph(s) are from two places, Portland, OR (I know, breaking the rule of DC-only photos), and Washington, DC.
The reason for the title of the post is because of the just-released proposed rule under section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act by the US Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (@HHSOCR), which has the intent to ban discrimination in health insurance and care based on gender identity once and for all, in most places in health care and health insurance. Continue reading→
Following the decision, one, then all of the letters that spelled “Love Wins” escapes into the sky. Because it did, as we predicted a long time ago . Lots more below. And lots more to do. Equality Equals Health and Health equals the ability to achieve life goals.