Photos: National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Washington, DC USA

Photos: National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Washington, DC USA

The ceremony was filmed and will be broadcast this evening. One thing that you will not see on television (I think) is the fact that the first family came out very early in the show to light the tree briefly, and then they left. We were thinking, “makes sense, they’re very busy people.” But in fact, they were backstage the entire time and made several appearances throughout the filming, culminating with the President singing jingle bells with the audience. It’s an impressive commitment the leader of our country makes to the people he serves, in his duty.

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Photo Friday: Reminder about the future - it arrived

Photo Friday: Reminder about the future – it arrived

When I started medical school, I didn’t meet or know many doctors who were capable or interested in taking care of all of me because of my identity, much less as leaders in making this the norm in health care. This is because doctors like that would be denied access to medical education based on their own identity.

In 2016, there are doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, therapists, public health professionals who are capable, interested, and leading in taking care of all of a person, as their authentic self. From around the world. Continue reading→

Red Ribbon on the White House: World AIDS Day 2016

Red Ribbon on the White House: World AIDS Day 2016

Remember.

Additional photos below.

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Advance Directive Friday: Engage with Grace and my adult checklist

Advance Directive Friday: Engage with Grace and my adult checklist

“If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” – Steve Jobs

I have found that sometimes people don’t want to engage in the conversations that go along with these, which I respect. However, I want to control my death destiny as much as I want to control my life destiny, which is why this process and these documents help. Continue reading→

Photos: 2016 International Transgender Day of Remembrance, Washington, DC USA

Photos: 2016 International Transgender Day of Remembrance, Washington, DC USA

Sometimes you know you are watching history being made.

This year’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance was different from years past. Washington, DC’s civic leaders were all present, as were the most transformational leaders of our time, all in one place, physically and emotionally.
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Photo Friday: The Best-Designed All Gender Restroom I Have Been In

Photo Friday: The Best-Designed All Gender Restroom I Have Been In

I am sure that most people who visit the beautiful Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco building spend time taking photos of the exterior and interior architecture. I spent time taking photos of the bathroom, which was the most unexpected surprise of the building’s experience – a clearly and deliberately designed all gender restroom.

What’s great about it?

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Photo Friday: Where We Came From: Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing

Photo Friday: Where We Came From: Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing

On a semi-recent trip to The Garfield Innovation Center (@KPGarfield), I asked Marilyn Chow, RN, PhD, FAAN Vice President, National Patient Care Services (@InnovationChow) about the nurses who were pictured on the walls of the Center and whose names adorned the innovation spaces. She said I could actually meet them, and so, we had lunch.

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