Photo Friday: I AM a MAN, Living Authentically with Metabolic Health, in Washington, DC USA

2018.10.22 We Won't Be Erased - Rally for Trans Rights, Washington, DC USA 2602
2018.10.22 We Won’t Be Erased – Rally for Trans Rights, Washington, DC USA 2602 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photo, taken in front of the White House, is of a community colleague, Omar, who I have been able to serve with on the Capital TransPride producers team (@DCTransPride365).

Cross-Inspiration

I saw Omar at the end of the We Won’t Be Erased – Rally for Trans Rights (#WontBeErased), and besides loving his sign and what it stands for, he told me that he’d been inspired by my previous attempts to bring metabolic health to the producers group and advice I’d given on arriving at a healthy weight. I used to bring bags of almonds, salami, and cheese, to replace a usual fare of candy and processed foods. He told me he’s been working with a nutritionist and his weight loss so far is 12 pounds.

Omar inspired me too. This is him at the first ever transgender pride flag crosswalk in the United States, from June, 2017:

2017.06.10 Painting of #DCRainbowCrosswalks Washington, DC USA 6427
2017.06.10 Painting of #DCRainbowCrosswalks Washington, DC USA 6427 (View on Flickr.com)

I love being around people who are living as their authentic selves. I love being here because

  • Washington, DC is the most inclusive city in the world
  • Washington, DC has the highest percentage of LGBTQ humans, the highest percentage of transgender humans, in the United States

As I often say, there are few drivers more potent in a human’s existence than the one to be who you are.

My generation of physicians came to health care because everyone deserves to be themselves AND in Good Health

As I’ve written here previously, the ideas of authenticity, LGBTQ, and LCHF (Low Carbohydrate, Healthy-Fat), are very related (see: Photo Friday: Whether it’s #LGBTQ or #LCHF, Invisibility is so 20th Century, and Why Doctors should meet patients (and each other) where they are: My intersection of #LGBTQ , #LCHF, and #LetPatientsHelp), especially in the minds of my generation of physicians, who came to health care to change everything.

2018.07.17 #ProtectTransHealth Rally, Washington, DC USA 04766
2018.07.17 #ProtectTransHealth Rally, Washington, DC USA 04766 (View on Flickr.com)

Enjoy the photo(s). Comments welcome as usual.

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