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”).
I was introduced to this book by its author, Jerome Pohlen, who asked to use a photograph I took on its back cover (the answer to these questions is always yes). Continue reading→
I love 10 minute meetings. Especially ones that involve active transportation.
Thanks Andrea Swiatocha, AIA, LEED AP and Nancy Skinkle, AIA, LEED AP (Architect of the Capitol) for coordinating this one, as part of 2015 Design DC organized by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (@WashingtonDCAIA).
Isn’t America beautiful, and specifically its capital city, which is the most protective of LGBTQ people of any state in the United States.
I took this photograph from the top of the Warner Building, which was the location of the annual DC Center for the LGBT Community (@TheDCCenter) Fall Reception, which was also sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States (@KPMidAtlantic). Continue reading→
The MakerDocs of DC are still innovating. This month, our (their) host was Denton Shanks (@DentonShanks) who toured the group through Unity Health Care’s Upper Cardozo Medical Clinic, because MakerDocs happen everywhere health care happens. Continue reading→
This is year two of the Design for Action (#DesignforAction) conference, and it’s actually happening within Washington, DC, in a very cool venue, the Carnegie Institute for Science, right in dupont/logan circle. Continue reading→
Yesterday I had the most awesome opportunity to teach one class in HLTH 471 at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, on the University of Maryland Shady Grove campus, with instructor Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Ph.D (@SabrinaMatoffSt).
She’s teaching about women’s health from a social determinants perspective, as has included a transgender woman persona in a group of types of women for students to learn about.
I thought the discussion was great, I was super impressed with the students’ life experience – I remarked that I have seen much less knowledgeable physician audiences than this. One of the many reasons I love the 21st Century. Continue reading→
The photograph above is a first ever view of 2nd Street, NE, as a “complete street,” just outside the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth).
I have found that very few health professionals know what “Complete Streets” are: Continue reading→