Thanks for publishing my photo, @WTOP in DC’s biggest gay nightclub, Town Danceboutique, closing next year

2017.06.08 Pride DC People and Places, Washington DC USA 6127
2017.06.08 Pride DC People and Places, Washington DC USA 6127 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo @WTOP . Venues like this one have an important place in making people feel safer and accepted in their true identities. It explains part of the significance of the murder of 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

Town Danceboutique, the largest LGBTQ night club in Washington, will close July 1, 2018 to make way for a new residential development.

Source: DC’s biggest gay nightclub, Town Danceboutique, closing next year | WTOP

Thanks for publishing my photo of @WerkforPeace, @DCist in Morning Roundup (6/27/17)

2017.06.26 WERK for Your Health, Washington, DC USA 7090
2017.06.26 WERK for Your Health, Washington, DC USA 7090 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo DCist (@DCist). I’ll follow up with a post about the entire experience. In the meantime, As DC goes, so goes the nation in this century 🙂 .

Plus, protesters bring the dance party (and glitter) to Mitch McConnell’s house, what’s up with Kwame Onwuachi, and more in the news.

Source: Morning Roundup: Violent Crime Has Fallen In Past Six Months: DCist

Thanks for publishing my photos @Popville in WERK for Your Health

2017.06.26 WERK for Your Health, Washington, DC USA 6935
2017.06.26 WERK for Your Health, Washington, DC USA 6935 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photos @Popville. They are of the Werk for your Health performance art / demonstration which took place in Washington, DC (of course) on June 26, 2017.

I’ll post on the experience later. In the meantime, enjoy.

Source: Photos from PoPville – WERK for Your Health | PoPville

2017.06.26 WERK for Your Health, Washington, DC USA 7090
2017.06.26 WERK for Your Health, Washington, DC USA 7090 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo, @TheInkLine in Oregon allows third gender option – (Except that Washington, DC is actually the first)

2013 Rally for Transgender Equality 21175
2013 Rally for Transgender Equality 21175 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo, Inkline (@TheInkline). This photograph is one of the most viewed in my collection, as of this date, over 22,000 times. It seems to resonate that well. And it’s scientifically accurate to boot.

Washington, DC is actually the first

By the way….the story by the Inkline and The Guardian which it references is inaccurate. Washington, DC is actually going first, as the first jurisdiction in the United States. Since Washington, DC is not a State (yet), their words are technically correct, but Oregon is not the first license issuing authority.

On June 26, 2017, the District of Columbia will become the first jurisdiction include a gender-neutral marker on its driver’s licenses and identification cards.Washington, D.C. to include gender-neutral markers on identification and drivers’ licenses

First or second ultimately doesn’t matter. Both Oregon and Washington, DC are helping the world learn to love better.

The experience of this country still shows, in this century it’s “As Washington, DC goes, so goes the nation.” 🙂

My Insurance Card Too

In writing this post, I checked my brand new insurance card, which is digital, not physical. At the time I took the photograph above (2013) I made a request to the team creating this innovation that gender marker not be included, and it’s not there. Success. There’s not relevant clinical need for a gender marker to be on an insurance card, especially in an integrated, technologically enabled top performing health system (guess which one).

The new legislation is a major civil rights win for non-binary members of the state.

Source: Oregon allows third gender option – INKLINE

Thanks for publishing my photo @DCist – a pioneer of medicine is commemorated here

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2017.02.12 Brookland, Washington, DC USA 00693 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo DCist (@DCist). It’s part of a series I was commissioned to create by @UrbanTurf_DC (see: Photo Friday: Brookland, Washington, DC USA – An amazing journey through American History)

It was an amazing journey, in a place (Washington, DC), where more innovation happens per square millimeter than in any other place I have been. If you know the real history of Washington, DC, it’s easy to figure out – innovation happens in the most out-of-the-way, neglected places.

Who knew this place was so amazing. I do now. Enjoy.

Charles Drew grew up in D.C. before heading off to school. He eventually earned a doctor of medical science degree from Columbia University in the 1930s.

He was the first black student to do so at Columbia.

Dr. Drew went on to become a celebrated surgeon, educator, and researcher, specializing in blood transfusion and storage. Have you seen or donated blood in a bloodmobile? Charles Drew invented that.

Although he doesn’t appear to have ever actually lived in Brookland (he grew up in Foggy Bottom), the bridge portion of Michigan Avenue that most people simply call “the Michigan Avenue Bridge” is actually the Charles Richard Drew Memorial Bridge. It’s a deserved, if slightly under-the-radar, celebration of a real, honest-to-goodness trailblazer.

Source: 10 Facts You May Not Know About Brookland: DCist

Thanks for publishing my photos: Rainbow in the Flickr pool – Greater Greater Washington

2017.06.06 Pride DC People and Places, Washington DC USA 6072
2017.06.06 Pride DC People and Places, Washington DC USA 6072 (View on Flickr.com)

2017.06.10 Painting of #DCRainbowCrosswalks Washington, DC USA 6422
2017.06.10 Painting of #DCRainbowCrosswalks Washington, DC USA 6422 (View on Flickr.com)

Enjoy a few of the most striking new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of urbanism and the Washington, DC region. 

Source: Rainbow in the Flickr pool – Greater Greater Washington(@ggwash)

The above photos go with series that show the diversity of the most inclusive city in the world (Washington, DC). For the first one, this series on rainbow flags in the nation’s capital.

For the second one, this series on DC Rainbow Crosswalks, including the first transgender pride crosswalk in the United States.

Enjoy.