Thanks for Publishing my Photos, in Shaw: History Repurposed – Urban Turf DC

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Thanks for publishing my photographs, UrbanTurf_DC, in this wonderful profile of the Shaw neighborhood, in Washington, DC.

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I’ve written a few posts myself about the neighborhood – more history (and leadership) per square millimeter than any place I’ve ever been to:

In the meantime, enjoy the photographs selected by the Urban Turf team.

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2018.06.04 Capital Pride People and Places, Washington, DC USA 02753 (View on Flickr.com)

Historic preservation, eclectic restaurants, high-end real estate—welcome to a Shaw that’s wildly different from the neighborhood we profiled eight years ago.

Source: Shaw: History Repurposed

Thanks for Publishing my Photo, PoPville 

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2019.11.02 Washington Nationals Victory Parade, Washington, DC USA 306 61050 (View on Flickr.com)

Thank you for publishing my photograph, @Popville.

It’s of the Washington Nationals Victory Parade, in Washington, DC (of course).

Enjoy.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted EytanYou can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent a

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Slide Update: ADA’s website now includes Low-Carbohydrate Diets in Standards of Care, and looking back on the times the medical profession called people/ideas a “fad”

I’ve been asked to present on changes happening in our understanding of nutrition lately, so will be sharing slides here.

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(View on Flickr.com) Nutrition Therapy for Adults With Diabetes or Prediabetes: A Consensus Report

For the first time in 2019, The American Diabetes Association endorses a low-carbohydrate and a very-low carbohydrate approach in nutrition therapy for Diabetes. They also include Prediabetes in the recommendations for the first time, which expands coverage of the recommendations to 50-60 % of the population.

Source: Evert AB, Dennison M, Gardner CD, Garvey WT, Lau KHK, MacLeod J, et al. Nutrition Therapy for Adults With Diabetes or Prediabetes: A Consensus Report. Diabetes Care [Internet]. 2019 Apr 18;dci190014. Available from: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/lookup/doi/10.2337/dci19-0014

“For people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, low-carbohydrate eating plans show potential to improve glycemia and lipid outcomes for up to 1 year”

Sources: American Diabetes Association. 5. Lifestyle management: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetesd2019. Diabetes Care 2019;42(Suppl. 1):S46–S60, Used under license: http://www.diabetesjournals .org/content/license, https://www.diabetes.org/blog/what-can-i-eat

The above isn’t news to people in the nutrition realm (as of April, 2019).

The American Diabetes Association (@AmDiabetesAssn) has officially added low carbohydrate and very-low carbohydrate diets to its standards of care. They have also updated their web site to reflect such, in what I’d call “record time” based on what I know about website implementation.

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There’s still what I would call “cognitive dissonance” spread throughout the site, even on this page itself. For example, low carbohydrate, vegetarian/vegan, or Mediterranean are not different things, they are perpendicular, overlapping, complementary to each other. They add options based on patient preference of food source.

The different things in the table would be low carbohydrate and low fat (which is really “high carbohydrate”). Low-fat, DASH, and Paleo don’t fare as well on the ADA website anymore.

I understand why these approaches are laid out this way, based on the way the literature was reviewed, however, it’s technically not accurate, and it’s confusing to the audience.

My guess is over time, these approaches will merge and be inclusive of each other. A very good analysis of the ADA guidelines process has been published, with useful recommendations for the future.

I’m a Fad, You’re a Fad

I see this term (“fad”) a lot in the tweets of physicians and other professionals, usually with the intent to discredit/marginalize an idea they are uncomfortable with.

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2012 AIDS Quilt DC 13799 – Pedro Zamora, from MTV’s Real World – 22 years old. (View on Flickr.com)

I did a search for this term in my Twitter feed back to 2008, and I found it twice, used with sarcasm.

Here’s one from 2014 that’s probably relevant now:

I’m relieved to know this, and here’s why.

Where else has the medical profession used the term “fad” for things it doesn’t understand?

It’s a convenient term to use, I suppose, but it comes with a history of bias directed and people and ideas, like:

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  • Gender equality
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Patient empowerment
  • Patient autonomy
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the profession

These are just the ones I’ve personally seen in my lifetime. We could go down the road of things like infection control and other ideas that turned out to be right.

People like me (🏳️‍🌈) were considered a “fad.” Now we’re a target market.

I can say categorically using this term is not a good look for our profession.

Here are some images of the results of that thinking.

I’d call these results “devastating” for people and their communities. See what you think.

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2016.06.13 From DC to Orlando Vigils 06073 (View on Flickr.com)

This is what people like me think of when we see educated professionals calling something a “fad.”

It might be better to stick to “That is something I don’t know much about. I need to learn more.” Isn’t that more honest and respectful?

We are not at war with the people we serve, we are at peace with them.

Thanks for Publishing my Photo of the Washington Nationals Victory Parade, PoPville

2019.11.02 Washington Nationals Victory Parade, Washington, DC USA 306 61050
2019.11.02 Washington Nationals Victory Parade, Washington, DC USA 306 61050 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photograph,@Popville.

Victory looks great on Washington, DC 🙂

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Just Watched: Our Transgender Pride Flag Emoji Proposal is Now in a Documentary: Where Emojis Come From

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Thanks to the team at @VPRO and @VPROBroadcast for producing this documentary that unravels the secrets of how emojis are born.

Transgender Pride Flag vs White Wine – tale of two emojis

The protagonist in the piece is the transgender pride flag emoji born from designer Tea Uglow (@Teaulieu), later joined by a global team of collaborators, who is the spokesperson for the movement. Her (our) effort is compared to an effort funded by business interests, with a staff, budget, and access to principles on the committee that we did not have.

I have a small, tiny cameo (see the image above). We wanted to ensure that people with lived experience are the people telling the story of why this is important, and as you watch, you’ll see that this is what happens.

The evolution of human language

In my mind, the piece highlights some of the disparities we noticed in the process. Most importantly, it underscores what emoji is becoming – the evolution of human language.

Here’s a link to the time code when Tea appears in the film. I thank the producers for respecting her experience and telling a compelling story about what it means to be visible (or not) in human expression.

People shouldn’t want to kill themselves because they are different … part of feeling differently is not understanding that lots of other people actually feel the same way as you … any step towards fixing that saves lives … we just don’t have numbers because people don’t leave notesTea Uglow, Where Emojis Come From

Unicode and Disparities in Technology Leadership

In addition to this quote of Tea’s from the film, I’m including a letter she wrote to the principles of the @Unicode consortium.

The story told about Unicode in the piece is probably going to challenge some. I believe it’s an accurate representation of what we experienced, as well as congruent with many other descriptions of the lack of diversity in the technology industry in general. For these times, I enjoy sharing this quote:

Notice your defensiveness and accept the discomfort of unlearning and relearning. To be competent in this arena is the same as learning to be competent in anything else. It requires a desire to know, motivation to become informed, opportunities to practice and the willingness to correct your mistakes.

I believe Unicode has as awesome an opportunity as any organization to learn and grow. More humans depend on their work than I think has been recognized until now.

…this is a really positive letter for us to receive at an incredibly taxing time for the community. Thank you.

It has, if anything, turned more political and darker since we first got in touch with Mark Davis & Unicode in 2016 (what feels like forever ago).

For comedy value more than anything, I am attaching the proposal that we first put to Google’s leadership that later became the initial ‘unfinished’ proposal – so you can see we’ve come along way! – it’s been a difficult journey. Ted has been the most extraordinary ally in keeping this moving and pushing – and I am not sure we thank him regularly enough. Bianca and Vigdis worked so hard for so long. Olly and the Nailit crew have also lit a fire under the issue with their populist approach in the UK – but we have repeatedly fallen short without explanation.

So it is wonderful to hear that you haven’t actually found dissenting voices within Unicode Emoji Committee. Likewise I agree that having Google and Microsoft showing real commitment will help.

We do understand that it is actually easier to agree on an otter than a symbol for a marginalised community – and that Unicode may be wary of raising the hopes of other marginalised communities.

The only feedback would be that when those communities come with their proposal that they are treated distinctly from corporation-sponsored groups or individuals requesting less emotive emoji. The issue for us has been that the symbol proposed is our only visual representation in the world – and it has not really been afforded much dignity. We’re not asking for a pizza slice or a fire hydrant.

We are probably not the last community in the world who will request this sort of representation – and it might be worth Unicode considering a protocol for ‘minority’ concerns wherein there is a more consistent and transparent chain of communication. Even when the communication is one of regret.

That doesn’t seem to be an active process and it would make a huge difference for future petitioners.

Best wishes and HUGE thank you’s.Tea Uglow, email communication, Feb 13, 2019

The most documented emoji proposal in human history

I’ve been documenting our progress along the way, because it’s been so fascinating.

Transgender Pride Flag Emoji (History, Updates, Draft Candidate Emoji for 2020, Beginning Worldwide Adoption)

The transgender pride flag emoji is now a draft candidate in the standard, and we’re hopeful it will be accepted for inclusion in 2020. In the film it’s revealed that white wine was not accepted as an emoji character. I am sure that is not the last we’ll hear about that one.

In the meantime:

Every day we send seven billion emojis worldwide. Although the colorful icons called emojis can no longer be ignored in our daily communication, little is known about it. Who has power over the emoji? Where are emojis coming from?

There is one “High Council” of online communication that is difficult to access and has the power over our emoji selection on the keyboard: The Unicode Consortium. This group is difficult to access and meets four times a year on the west coast of the United States. This tech giants committee makes decisions about language and shapes the infrastructure of the online world. Representatives from Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, IBM, Netflix, Amazon, and Intel set the global standard for symbols, characters, and fonts in digital (visual) language so that all our devices can communicate with each other effortlessly.

Part of Unicode is the twelve-member “Emoji Commission.” Director Mea Dols de Jong got a foot in the door during the quarterly meeting at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Seattle, but also ran into the shocking closedness of the tech sector. The deeper she delves into the world behind the seemingly little icons, the better she sees that this micro-world is a reflection of the “real” world. What does it take to get a new emoji on the phone’s keyboard? Take a look at the campaign for a new white wine emoji. Why is the LGBTQI rainbow flag emoji in the keyboards, but not the one that stands for transgender people? Where lies the power to make such decisions?

Where Emojis Come From

Thank you for Publishing my Photo, in 2020 Dietary Guidelines: Repeating Past Mistakes, Lack Scientific Rigor — The Nutrition Coalition

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Thanks for using my photograph to illustrate this discussion about concerns relating to US Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition Coalition (@4DietaryReform), in this post written by Nina Teicholz (@bigfatsurprise).

The photograph was taken at the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee meeting in Washington, DC, along with several others (see below).

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2019.10.24 USDA DGAC Committee, Washington, DC USA 297 21013 (View on Flickr.com)

As the blog post states, there are concerns being raised about the methodologies employed in 2020 scientific review process.

In addition, in my own reading, I have found examples of Committee members making forward looking statements about scientific analyses that have not been completed by the Committee.

The Nutrition Coalition does not advance any specific dietary pattern (and neither do I), and does not have ties to industry (and neither do I).

I freely admit I am a health focused, prevention-oriented, nutrition geek, who has a desire to know rather than a desire to be right. It is known how to do scientific reviews accurately, and the definitions of dietary patterns are well described. It’s unclear why new, arbitrary versions of these are being employed now.

A room or environment like this is as far as someone could get from the impact of nutritional deficiencies affecting Americans today – only 12 % are considered metabolically healthy. This is not to imply that Committee members are not connected to the realities of dietary guidelines, it is to underscore the importance of their work.

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2019.10.24 USDA DGAC Committee, Washington, DC USA 297 21018 (View on Flickr.com)

Enjoy the photos.

The expert committee reviewing the science for America’s nutrition policy, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), held its third, two-day meeting last week, in Washington, D.C. While the committee is working hard to review the science, some “38,000 studies” so far, according to government offic

Source: 2020 Dietary Guidelines Repeating Past Mistakes, Lacks Scientific Rigor — The Nutrition Coalition

Photos: Washington Nationals Victory Parade, Washington, DC USA

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2019.11.02 Washington Nationals Victory Parade, Washington, DC USA 306 61067 (View on Flickr.com)
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2019.11.02 Washington Nationals Victory Parade, Washington, DC USA 306 61037 (View on Flickr.com)
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2019.11.02 Washington Nationals Victory Parade, Washington, DC USA 306 61050 (View on Flickr.com)
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2019.11.02 Washington Nationals Victory Parade, Washington, DC USA 306 61055 (View on Flickr.com)

The future has to start somewhere, and it’s usually here. Congratulations, Washington, DC, and thank you, Canadian Embassy (@CanEmbUSA) for hosting our viewing.

Additional photos below, enjoy.

Thank you for using my Photo, in ‘Outrageous’ and ‘Reprehensible’: Trump Gives Taxpayer-Funded Groups Green Light to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People | Common Dreams 

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2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7682 (View on Flickr.com)

Thank you for using my image to illustrate the importance of this issue, @CommonDreams.

The combined nursing, medical, and allied health professions have already spoken – It is unethical to deny care to human beings based on their identity.

My generation of physicians saw how successful it was to do this in the last century (failure rate: 100%).

“This rule is an abuse of taxpayer dollars in the name of empowering hatred and bigotry towards society’s most vulnerable members.”

Source: ‘Outrageous’ and ‘Reprehensible’: Trump Gives Taxpayer-Funded Groups Green Light to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People | Common Dreams News

Thanks for Publishing my Photo of the 17th Street High Heel Race, PoPville

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Thanks for publishing my photograph, of the 2019 17th Street High Heel Race, @Popville.

You can see the additional photos in this post.

It’s true – diversity allows the human species to survive 🙂 .

Enjoy.

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Thanks for Publishing my Photo, in A thundering herd of drag queens ran through the streets of DC last night – LGBTQ Nation

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Thanks for highlighting my photograph, @lgbtqnation, in this post on the annual 17th Street High Heel Race, in Washington, DC.

You can see the rest of my photos from the event in this post: Photos: 2019 17th Street High Heel Race, Washington, DC USA

And, I’ll use this post to remind again that this is the capital of a 🌎 learning to ❤️ better, and diversity allows the human species to survive 🙂 🏳️‍🌈

Mayor Muriel Bowser has kicked off the city’s High Heel Race every year since …

Source: A thundering herd of drag queens ran through the streets of DC last night / LGBTQ Nation