Photo Friday: Loving the Future at House of Herrera, Washington, DC USA

2017.08.15 Consuella Lopez FW Fall Preview, House of Herrera, Washington, DC USA 8183
2017.08.15 Consuella Lopez FW Fall Preview, House of Herrera, Washington, DC USA 8183 (View on Flickr.com)

As I like to say, if I can walk to it, I’ll do it. And if it involves the future, I’m definitely doing it.

This week’s photograph was taken at the House of Herrera (@HouseofHerrera), more specifically CH Carolina Herrera, in Washington, DC USA (of course). It features Consuella Lopez (@ConsuellaLopez) and the management and staff, who hosted a preview of the Fall-Winter 2017 collection, as well as a celebration of our community leaders.

I met Consuella Lopez before she met me – she’s one of the faces of the iconic DC Government Transgender and Gender Identity Respect Campaign launched 5 years ago, and has continued to amass an incredible portfolio of leadership.

Consuella is now a member of the newly established DC Commission on Fashion Arts and Events, which I learned about at the House of Herrera. Like I said, living in the future.

A good family doctor knows what they don't know, and then learns from others. #fashion #mostgorgeouscity ♥️DC #thefuture carolinaherrera consuella #5starexperience
A good family doctor knows what they don’t know, and then learns from others. #fashion #mostgorgeouscity ♥️DC #thefuture @carolinaherrera @consuella #5starexperience (View on Flickr.com)

Eventually we got to meet and I have learned so much and grown tremendously as a doctor, a human, a resident of the most inclusive city in the world since then. I wish these experiences on every nurse and doctor, to help them perform their best for all of the people they serve.

I am still learning a ton every day, which is what I hoped would happen when I came here.

Rest of the photos are below, enjoy.

Thanks for publishing my photo @DCist in Mayor, D.C. Councilmembers Want Statue Of Confederate General On Federal Land Removed

2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8132
2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8132 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo @DCist. As the article says and as we live in the most inclusive city in the world, monuments like this don’t seem compatible with this century (which we also love living in).

Fortunately we are surrounded by a selection of other monuments that celebrate a world learning to love better. I actually see them being created every day, every where I walk in Washington, DC. It’s why we came here.

More than half the city’s legislators have requested that NPS take down a memorial to Albert Pike that stands in Judiciary Square.

Source: Mayor, D.C. Councilmembers Want Statue Of Confederate General On Federal Land Removed: DCist

You can see the rest of the photos from the vigil here:

Photos from Washington, DC #Charlottesville

Thanks for publishing my Photos: D.C. Comes Out In Full Force In Support of Charlottesville and Heather Heyer | @PoPville

2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8108
2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8108 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photos, @Popville, from the capital of a world learning to ❤️better.

Source: Photos: D.C. Comes Out In Full Force In Support of Charlottesville and Heather Heyer | PoPville

2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8045
2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8045 (View on Flickr.com)

2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8063
2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8063 (View on Flickr.com)

You can see the rest of the photos here.

Photos from Washington, DC #Charlottesville

2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8056
2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8056 (View on Flickr.com)

Just another day in the capital of a world learning to ❤️ better.

All photos @CreativeCommons licensed. Feel free to use.

Thanks for using my photos Colchester Pride!  From the most inclusive city in the world to promoting inclusion in one of the oldest cities in the world

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)

Thank you, Colchester Pride (@ColchesterPride) for using two of my photos to adorn the web site for your first ever pride event, happening on August 19, 2017!

Source: Colchester Pride – About Us – Colchester pride Sat 19 August 2017

The photograph is of rainbow flag displays on 17th Street, NW, in Washington, DC, during our annual Capital Pride event in June, 2017. Occasionally my photographs go semi-viral and the one above is one of them (I define as greater than 1,000 views).

I actually didn’t know where Colchester was, so I did a little research and found that it’s the oldest town in Britain, and:

Colchester is reputed to be the home of three of the best known English nursery rhymes: ‘Old King Cole’, ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’.Colchester – Wikipedia

What’s special about the time my photos were taken is that it was the weekend that we painted 7 rainbow crosswalks on 17th Street, NW, and the first ever transgender pride flag crosswalk in the United States. At Mayor Muriel Bowser’s press conference, she pronounced Washington, DC the most inclusive city in the world. It fits.

I hope Colchester has a marvelous first pride, with my compliments. So fitting that the most inclusive city in the world, Washington, DC, gets to help the oldest town in Britain, be more inclusive.

Cheers.

2017.06.05 Pride DC People and Places, Washington, DC USA 6056
2017.06.05 Pride DC People and Places, Washington, DC USA 6056 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo in As D.C. nightlife grows, it’s becoming more of a bar town – D.C. Policy Center

2017.03.19 Ivy City, Washington, DC USA 01690
2017.03.19 Ivy City, Washington, DC USA 01690 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks (again) for publishing one of my photographs, DC Policy Center (@DCPolicyCenter). It was taken in Ivy City, an area of Washington, DC undergoing tremendous change (like many areas of Washington, DC). As the chart in the article shows, an emerging area like this is mostly populated with bars, as opposed to more established neighborhoods, which have a greater proportion of restaurants.

Also noting the limited impact of relaxation of liquor license moratoriums, an oft-discussed situation in Washington.

It’s another great analysis and very much related to the social determinants of health. You can see the rest of my photographs from Ivy City below. They show what growth, innovation, pride looks like.

As D.C. nightlife grows, it’s becoming more of a bar town. Restaurants still dominate D.C. nightlife, but bars are quickly growing.

Source: As D.C. nightlife grows, it’s becoming more of a bar town – D.C. Policy Center

Thanks for using my photo @BillMoyersHQ in People, Not Politicians, Beat Health Care Repeal

2017.06.28 DC People and Places 7141
2017.06.28 DC People and Places 7141 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for using my photo Bill Moyers (@BillMoyersHQ) It was taken at a save-the-Affordable-Care-Act demonstration/dialogue in front of the US capitol. You can see the rest of the photos from this moment here.

People from all walks of life, in small towns and big cities, in red districts and blue, have waged a historic effort to stop the Obamacare repeal.

Source: People, Not Politicians, Beat Health Care Repeal

We are your nurses, doctors, therapists, and allied health professionals and we care. Always and in all ways. It's what we came here to do. ✌️💪 #ACA #instaDC #DC Washington, DC USA
We are your nurses, doctors, therapists, and allied health professionals and we care. Always and in all ways. It’s what we came here to do. ✌️💪 #ACA #instaDC #DC Washington, DC USA (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photograph GroundTruth in, transgender military ban defies decades of progress on LGBT equality 

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7683
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7683 (View on Flickr.com)

Thank you for publishing my photo GroundTruth (@GroundTruth) in this piece by author Kevin Douglas Grant (@KevinDGrant). I believe the quote below is appropriate. And accurate.

You can see the rest of the photos from this series here.

American history tells us that hatred and discrimination can be unlearned. And they can be defeated.

Source: Trump’s transgender military ban defies decades of progress on LGBT equality | The GroundTruth Project – Trump’s transgender military ban defies decades of progress on LGBT equality – The GroundTruth Project

Thanks for publishing my photos @DailyDot, in A Guide to Talking About Transgender People With Respect

2017.05.19 Capital TransPride Weekend Washington, DC USA 5082
2017.05.19 Capital TransPride Weekend Washington, DC USA 5082 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks (again) for using my photographs, DailyDot (@DailyDot) in this very useful piece on communicating correctly about people who are transgender.

Amidst President Trump’s ban on transgender troops, journalists need a quick lesson on treating transgender issues with respect.

Source: A Guide to Talking About Transgender People With Respect

How to eliminate bias – celebrate exemplars

There’s good science to show that the way to reduce bias is to point out exemplars – the people doing it right – rather than to point out the laggards, the organizations not doing it right (@NPR, and @USAToday are in this category – see this post: Thanks for publishing my photo AND listening, @DailyDot, in “What Does Transgender Mean, and How Do People Transition?”)

How to eliminate bias – show images of exemplars

About the photographs and the people in them:

The one above is from Capital TransPride (@TransPrideDC) 2017, with some of the most transformational leaders of our time, in the most defining social movement of our time. They are Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey), SaVanna Wanzer, and Holly Goldmann.

I’m perpetually interested in examples of great leadership, I learn from each one.

The one below is from Werk for Peace’s (@WerkForPeace) Werk For Your Health Dance Event in the nation’s capital just a few weeks ago.

There is also good science to show that just viewing images of people demonstrating positive or healthy attributes also rewires our brains in ways that promote inclusion (and thus, a world learning to love better).

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)

To celebrate outlets that practice journalism well in this century, I’d recommend people review this guide, whether or not you are a journalist.

I am happy to correct people on improper or un-scientific use of terminology (and I don’t hesitate to). This is the role that health professionals must play in society, to lead in health, and that includes creating healthy, inclusive environments. And not just correcting people, working to be exemplars (see: Built for the Future: My business card includes my pronouns)

I hope one day that every media outlet will be as modern, accurate, interested in being the best at its craft in this century. It’s a great century, it keeps getting better. 🙂