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.
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.
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.
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.