Photo Friday: Rainbow Flags at LGBTQ Pride, Baltimore, MD USA

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2016.06.17 Baltimore Pride, Baltimore, MD USA 6735 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photo is an easy choice. It’s a rainbow pride flag flying over Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, USA for 2017 Baltimore Pride. Nothing says visibility like a rainbow flag. Plenty of transgender pride flags as well, many many more than this same event 4 years ago.

The world is learning to love better. Rest of the photographs from the event are below. Enjoy.

Thanks @Expedia, for publishing my photos in 15 exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world 

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Madrid Pride Orgullo 2015 58419 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for choosing several of my photos to illustrate this piece on the Expedia (@Expedia) viewfinder blog.

I chose my favorite of the 7 they used above. It’s of “Carrera De Tacones”, High Heel Race, Madrid Pride, Calle Pelayo, from 2015. Madrid, Spain celebrates its 40th year of Pride festivals this year. In 2015 it celebrated 10 years of marriage equality. High heel races are slightly different in Madrid than they are in the United States – oh the cobblestones!

In this century, it’s definitely “As Washington, DC goes, so goes the nation,” but I suppose we look to inspiration from the world 🙂 . And a great one it is, where everyone is respected and represented. The Rest of the photos they chose are below. Enjoy.

Peace, love, and understanding are what make these LGBTQ-friendly cities so fun. Party hop for Pride or visit any time, these places are always welcoming.

Source: 15 exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world | Expedia Viewfinder

Thanks for using my photo @DCPolicyCenter in The President’s proposed budget could increase air pollution and congestion in the District

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2016.12.28 DC People and Places with Sony A7sII 09596 (View on Flickr.com)
Thanks for using my photo, DC Policy Center (@DCPolicyCenter), and beyond that for another great analysis. I am officially a fanperson.

It’s of the Dupont Circle underpass, taken with a super duper high resolution camera that I borrowed (treat yourself).

Specifically the piece introduces some new concepts in transportation, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) and the travel time index (TTI), with some worrisome trends (more single occupancy vehicle commuting) as well as evidence that CMAQ may have been working, since the TTI has dropped (less congestion in Washington, DC). And now CMAQ is threatened for elimination.

Speaking of congestion reduction, the photograph above was taken on an electricity generating sidewalk, which you can see below. DC, where the future is born every day.

2016.12.28 DC People and Places with Sony A7sII 09601
2016.12.28 DC People and Places with Sony A7sII 09601 (View on Flickr.com)

Read on…

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program may be cut in the President’s budget. How has the program helped the District to achieve its goals?

Source: The President’s proposed budget could increase air pollution and congestion in the District – D.C. Policy Center

Thanks for publishing my photo @CommonDreams in Trump “Simply Doesn’t Care”: Six Members of HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel Resign

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2015 World AIDS Day – Red Ribbon on White House – Washington DC USA 00410 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo Common Dreams (@CommonDreams). As I wrote recently (see: Photo Friday: In Washington, DC, health care does what policy makers can’t…until later) symbols like the ribbon, the rainbow pride flag, the transgender pride flag, are important signals of visibility, acceptance, and caring, and I’ve photographed the ribbon every year that it’s appeared on the White House portico since 2010. It’s actually interesting how the displays of these symbols track compassion and caring, even loosely.

Final straw, they say, was president’s pushing of healthcare legislation that would deal devastating blow to HIV community

Source: Trump “Simply Doesn’t Care”: Six Members of HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel Resign | Common Dreams

Being #TransVisible at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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I ❤️when we support things. #BeKP @kpthrive @nmaahc #lovealwayswins #EqualityEqualsHealth #TransVisibility #KPpride #activetransportation (View on Flickr.com)

The information desk could not direct us to any displays featuring transgender people. The bathrooms are gendered. When I asked a staff person where the LGBT section was, she said “What does LGBT stand for?”

I know that’s not the intent of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (@NMAAHC) based on the work they’ve done (see the Twitter moment at the bottom of this post), so these things are not a big deal in the overall experience that the NMAAHC is.

I could only be there for a brief time (when you see a chance you take it) and I experienced multiple incredible micro-interactions that I can’t even express here, not just with the imagery, with the staff, the other visitors, that were meaningful and remind me why there’s more learning-per-minute in Washington, DC than any other place I’ve been.

Not to mention that it’s the most inclusive city in the world…

The best moment of the day was the selfie that myself and colleague Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey) took in front of the sweet home cafe, which is generously supported by Kaiser Permanente.

After I snapped the photo I asked what hashtags to use and she said, “include #TransVisbility. I’m including that on every photo now.” Of course I did.

30% of Americans know someone who is Transgender. 37% of the youngest Americans (age 18-29) do (see: Many Americans know someone who is gay, fewer know someone who is transgender | Pew Research Center)

Science clearly demonstrates that bias is reduced by contact of a specific nature:

optimal intergroup contact would be of equal status, involve cooperation to achieve common goals, and should be supported by important societal institutions.Just Read: Methods for reducing unconscious bias, implications for transgender person health and medical care

That’s us. Equal status (both people who power Kaiser Permanente, I actually report to Bianca as a Produer on Capital TransPride, she is Co-chair of our Multicultural Business Group), involving cooperating to achieving common goals (Helping our health system learn to love better), supported by important societal institutions (Kaiser Permanente is the highest performing health system in the United States).

One more photo. This is of Bianca at the first ever transgender youth ball in Washington, DC last month, produced by the also-amazing Ruby Corado (@CasaRubyDC). She’s welcoming the attendees and affirming them as valuable members of the Washington, DC community, along with Ruby.

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2017.05.19 Capital TransPride Weekend Washington, DC USA 5087 (View on Flickr.com)

Let a few more Americans discover what it’s like to know someone who makes the world a better place for them. My generation of physicians came to health care to make sure that happens, and we will 🙂 .

Rest of my NMAAHC photos below. Thank you for a great experience.

Thanks for publishing my photo @DCist – a pioneer of medicine is commemorated here

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2017.02.12 Brookland, Washington, DC USA 00693 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo DCist (@DCist). It’s part of a series I was commissioned to create by @UrbanTurf_DC (see: Photo Friday: Brookland, Washington, DC USA – An amazing journey through American History)

It was an amazing journey, in a place (Washington, DC), where more innovation happens per square millimeter than in any other place I have been. If you know the real history of Washington, DC, it’s easy to figure out – innovation happens in the most out-of-the-way, neglected places.

Who knew this place was so amazing. I do now. Enjoy.

Charles Drew grew up in D.C. before heading off to school. He eventually earned a doctor of medical science degree from Columbia University in the 1930s.

He was the first black student to do so at Columbia.

Dr. Drew went on to become a celebrated surgeon, educator, and researcher, specializing in blood transfusion and storage. Have you seen or donated blood in a bloodmobile? Charles Drew invented that.

Although he doesn’t appear to have ever actually lived in Brookland (he grew up in Foggy Bottom), the bridge portion of Michigan Avenue that most people simply call “the Michigan Avenue Bridge” is actually the Charles Richard Drew Memorial Bridge. It’s a deserved, if slightly under-the-radar, celebration of a real, honest-to-goodness trailblazer.

Source: 10 Facts You May Not Know About Brookland: DCist