Thanks for using my photo, @DailyDot, in Study Reveals Over Half of American Parents Would Support a Trans Child & for being a journalistic exemplar

2017.05.20 Capital TransPride Washington, DC USA 5124
2017.05.20 Capital TransPride Washington, DC USA 5124 (View on Flickr.com)

  1. Thanks again, DailyDot (@DailyDot) for using one of my photographs to illustrate one of your articles.
  2. Also, thanks again, DailyDot for being an exemplar in the journalistic community when it comes to accuracy in the media.
    • I recently terminated the license to use my photos from another outlet that did not adhere to scientific standards in discussing transgender person health issues.
    • I work with media outlets differently, based on the behavior, always with an interest in education.
    • The other example crossed the line (I’d say it leaped over it) of compassion and human behavior. Interestingly I’ve learned that it’s a well read publication, I had no idea. Oh well.
    • In any event, when the headline of the press release that this article referenced contained terminology errors repeated in this piece (I’ll post on that later), the DailyDot team immediately corrected it.
    • This may seem like a small thing but consistency and accuracy in a world where most people have not met a person who is transgender (that they know of) is important for health. Thanks, DailyDot for being responsible. I’ve praised them before and I’m doing it again. Other outlets, like @USAToday, like @NPR, can and should learn something from this team. I’ll be direct here – it’s easy for a journalist to find and use a proper style guide, and saying (as @USAToday did) that “we didn’t have time to be accurate so instead we worked to be inaccurate” is not acceptable for this profession. Imagine a physician telling a patient that….
  3. The survey referenced is important, adding to what we already know, with other good studies, that children and adolescents with diagnosed gender dysphoria mature to productive, healthy adults, with proper medical care and family support. It’s just science.

A study conducted by Harris Poll reveals over half of American parents would support a transgender teenager, with women more likely to overall.Source: Study Reveals Over Half of American Parents Would Support a Trans Child

There was some discussion on facebook about whether to work with publications who get it wrong or not. As I said in the post on this matter, and in my termination notice to the publication, I am happy to educate anyone (or even better, point them to education offered by a trans person who has the time and energy to provide it). At the same time, there’s a leadership principle that says, focus 80% of time on people who are performing well, rather than the opposite. So it’s not that anyone loses, it’s that love always wins.

Because Life is Amazing and We Can: My 5th Capital TransPride

This century continues to be fantastic.

Thanks for removing my photo from your website

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)

Terminating the license to use one of my photographs provides as much an educational moment as thanking for the use of my photos. And they even replaced my photo with one of a transgender pride flag.

I count 1,198 placements of my photos on various websites, media outlets, and blogs. Only two termination notices in the last year. Love does always win.

Love: 1, Transphobia: 0.

Ahoy The Federalist!

I see that you’ve used this photo of mine in this post of yours:

-link redacted due to triggering content-

As it is being used to promote non-scientific and inaccurate health information, license to use the photo is revoked. Please remove my photograph from this web page immediately.

I am happy to educate you on the science behind gender at your convenience. The article is wrong from the first sentence, even from the title — sex and gender are two different things. Your quest for inaccuracy is impressive.

At least know that life is good for all of us humans in the 21st Century, trust me, I’m a doctor :).

All the best for a more informed future for you and the people you humbly serve.

Please let me know when the photo is removed and have a great day.

Ted Eytan, MD
USA

I’ve removed your photo both from the website and deleted it entirely from our website database.

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Managing Editor, The Federalist

—,

Thank you for handling the termination of your license to use my work quickly and professionally.

Regards,

Ted Eytan, MD (“he,him”)
Washington, DC USA

I’ve written about how all of this works, which you can read here.

Source: link redacted due to triggering content

The Greatest Generation Walk and #TransVisibility, San Diego, CA USA

2017.08.03 #LowCarbSanDiego San Diego CA USA 7891
2017.08.03 #LowCarbSanDiego San Diego CA USA 7891 (View on Flickr.com)

While here for a continuing medical education course (more on that later), I happened upon this community honorarium / art installation at the Port of San Diego (@portofsandiego). When I learned that my community colleague Connie Rice has served on the USS Midway, I realized that the people depicted in the sculptures exist across the spectrum of gender identity and sexual orientation, by definition. They are all human. So to my eyes, these works of art are really statements of visibility, including transgender person visibility.

Everywhere I walk I learn something new 🙂 .

Thank you for your service. Enjoy the rest of the photos below.

The Greatest Generation Collection, as well as the other military memorials in the park, honor and celebrate the people, events and military heritage spanning the time from World War II to today. Located in the shadow of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway, the artworks and provide a magnificent setting in which to learn, remember and become inspired.Greatest Generation

Thanks for publishing my photo FastCompany, in The Designer Of The Transgender Flag Is A Navy Veteran

2017.06.10 Painting of #DCRainbowCrosswalks Washington, DC USA 6317
2017.06.10 Painting of #DCRainbowCrosswalks Washington, DC USA 6317 (View on Flickr.com)

2017.06.10 Painting of #DCRainbowCrosswalks Washington, DC USA 6338
2017.06.10 Painting of #DCRainbowCrosswalks Washington, DC USA 6338 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photograph, FastCompany (@FastCompany). It’s of a transgender pride flag waving at 2017 Baltimore Pride (pictured below). I suggest this one though, because it’s of Monica Helms, the Navy Veteran profiled, painting the first ever transgender pride flag crosswalk in the United States. It’s what leaders do. Enjoy.

Here’s the story behind the pink and blue flag you’ve been seeing all over your feeds.

Source: The Designer Of The Transgender Flag Is A Navy Veteran

2016.06.17 Baltimore Pride, Baltimore, MD USA 6762
2016.06.17 Baltimore Pride, Baltimore, MD USA 6762 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for Publishing My Photo: in Why Transgender Service Members Will Win in Court – @LawfareBlog

SCOTUS APRIL 2015 LGBTQ 54663
SCOTUS APRIL 2015 LGBTQ 54663 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photograph, Lawfare (@lawfareblog).

Even if the president makes good on his tweets and directs Secretary Mattis to revise departmental policy to ban transgender service-members, he may not succeed in the courts.

Source: Why Transgender Service Members Will Win in Court – Lawfare

This is the most viewed image I have ever posted, and it’s nice to see it used to promote hope and a world learning to love better.

And, it’s a very interesting analysis, written by someone with experience:

Michel Paradis (@MDParadis) is an international and constitutional litigator presently with the United States Department of Defense.

Regardless of what happens in court, the medical profession has already decided what’s right based on science. Here’s an example from the American Medical Association.

And here’s an example from my camera just this past weekend.

No caption needed. #Respect (no Trans prefix needed) #thankyouforyourservice #EqualityEqualsHealth 🌎✌️️‍🌈#DC #instadc
No caption needed. #Respect (no Trans prefix needed) #thankyouforyourservice #EqualityEqualsHealth 🌎✌️️‍🌈#DC #instadc (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo, in State AGs Urge Congress to Protect Transgender Service Members from Trump Ban | Common Dreams

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7645
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7645 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo Common Dreams (@CommonDreams).

Letter from 19 attorneys general call the military’s transgender policy “a closed issue”

Source: State AGs Urge Congress to Protect Transgender Service Members from Trump Ban | Common Dreams

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 photo: Where the sidewalk begins and ends in the Flickr pool – Greater Greater Washington

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7635
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7635 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo, Greater Greater Washington (@ggwash). It was taken in front of the White House during protests against the transgender military service ban.

Source: Where the sidewalk begins and ends in the Flickr pool – Greater Greater Washington

Photos: Protest Trans Military Ban, Washington, DC USA

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7660
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7660 (View on Flickr.com)

As I have posted here previously, the combined nursing and medical professions have decidedly spoken against the denial of care or public accommodation to people who are transgender.

My generation of physicians came to health care during one of the most (if not the most) significant ethical crisis in our profession’s history. It’s why we pledged to change everything. And make sure that love always wins (it usually does anyway).

Rest of the photographs are below. All are creative commons (@CreativeCommons) licensed.