Photo Friday: Are Patients Human Beings? (Answer is YES) #TDOV Washington, DC USA

2017.03.15 #ProtectTransWomen Day of Action, Washington, DC USA 01495
2017.03.15 #ProtectTransWomen Day of Action, Washington, DC USA 01495 (View on

This photograph, taken in Washington, DC, just steps from the White House, reminded me of this photograph

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Kaiser Wakes the Doctors Book 33949 (View on

In 1943, this was actually an explicit question – (“Are Patients Human Beings?”). In 2017…. it’s still an explicit one depending on the population, and an implicit one for most practitioners taking care of vulnerable populations. This photograph begs the question of whether this should be a question for anyone in the healing professions.

Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV)

The International TDoV is an annual holiday celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender & gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. The holiday was founded in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people’s successes.

Click here to see the people that my generation of physicians came to health care to serve, because they are human..

Ultimately the world is learning to love better, and why shouldn’t it, diversity is what allows the human species to survive 🙂 .

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Ted Eytan, MD