Photo Friday: “Look Out!” – Haunting reminders of doctors not meeting people where they are (failure rate of this approach: 100%), Washington, DC USA

2019.10.04 50 Years of Queer DC Photo Exhibit, Washington, DC USA 277 16015
2019.10.04 50 Years of Queer DC Photo Exhibit, Washington, DC USA 277 16015 (View on Flickr.com)
2019.10.04 50 Years of Queer DC Photo Exhibit, Washington, DC USA 277 16016
2019.10.04 50 Years of Queer DC Photo Exhibit, Washington, DC USA 277 16016 (View on Flickr.com)

This happened in our lifetimes. I have witnessed examples just like this in my own career. Including in this decade.

Look Out! In this undated photo, DC First Responders are warned that residents of certain homes are suffering from AIDS.

These photographs are part of an exhibit of queer history in Washington, DC.

2019.10.04 50 Years of Queer DC Photo Exhibit, Washington, DC USA 277 16023
2019.10.04 50 Years of Queer DC Photo Exhibit, Washington, DC USA 277 16023 (View on Flickr.com)
2019.10.04 50 Years of Queer DC Photo Exhibit, Washington, DC USA 277 16022
2019.10.04 50 Years of Queer DC Photo Exhibit, Washington, DC USA 277 16022 (View on Flickr.com)

Success rate of imposing our values/identities on the people we serve: 0 %

“The Jury looked at all the facts and recognized that Tyra was not a man dressed as a female but a human being,” said Earline Budd a transgendered (sic) activist who watched most of the trial.

The future of LGBTQ rights was born here, too: Vermont Avenue and the Death of Tyra Hunter
Source: Timeline of Triumph – Capital Pride Alliance

A (the) most famous case of animus directed by the medical profession against people different than them is the death of Tyra Hunter, who was refused medical care by a physician based on her identity. The resultant lawsuit and multi-million dollar judgement against the city forever changed Washington, DC into a place with the strongest human rights protections in the United States, and yet still with challenges:

See: The future of LGBTQ rights was born here, too: Vermont Avenue and the Death of Tyra Hunter

I still see versions of this approach directed toward the people we serve – the imposition of identity, orientation, or lifestyle choices, such as diet, without a basis in science. This should be undertaken with great care, or actually not at all, since the failure rate of this approach is 100 %.

We should always think about the impact of what we do. We cannot bring back people, communities, generations of people lost to due to the inability to meet people where they are.

Additional photos are below.

Source: Washington Blade (@WashBlade) photo archives, on display at the Outrage (@its_the_outrage), Washington, DC

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