Thanks for Publishing my Photo @WalrusMagazine in The Business Case for Sexual Diversity 

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2017.06.05 Pride DC People and Places, Washington, DC USA 6054 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for using my photo, Canada’s Walrus Magazine (@WalrusMagazine). It’s of a rainbow-flag adorned Washington, DC at this year’s LGBTQ Pride celebration. I have never seen as many rainbow (and transgender pride) flags spread across Washington, East, West, North, South.

By the way, regarding the article, there is a large quantity of data showing that diversity enhances productivity and profitability in the workplace. Not to mention that from a biological perspective, it allows the human species to survive.

The world is learning to love better, and Washington, DC is the capital of that movement 🙂 . More photos from this series below, enjoy.

Being visibly out at your job is not only a question of justice—it also makes for a better workplace

Source: The Business Case for Sexual Diversity · The Walrus

Finding LGBTQ Material at the @NMAAHC – a helpful twitter dialogue

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One of the many reasons I love social media. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (@NMAAHC) responded to my blog post (Being #TransVisible at the National Museum of African American History and Culture) via Twitter and provided helpful information for my next visit. And there will be one (when I am able to get in 🙂 ).

More learning per square inch in Washington, DC than any other place I have ever been. The dialogue is below, feel free to reference it on your trip.

Thanks @Expedia, for publishing my photos in 15 exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world 

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Madrid Pride Orgullo 2015 58419 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for choosing several of my photos to illustrate this piece on the Expedia (@Expedia) viewfinder blog.

I chose my favorite of the 7 they used above. It’s of “Carrera De Tacones”, High Heel Race, Madrid Pride, Calle Pelayo, from 2015. Madrid, Spain celebrates its 40th year of Pride festivals this year. In 2015 it celebrated 10 years of marriage equality. High heel races are slightly different in Madrid than they are in the United States – oh the cobblestones!

In this century, it’s definitely “As Washington, DC goes, so goes the nation,” but I suppose we look to inspiration from the world 🙂 . And a great one it is, where everyone is respected and represented. The Rest of the photos they chose are below. Enjoy.

Peace, love, and understanding are what make these LGBTQ-friendly cities so fun. Party hop for Pride or visit any time, these places are always welcoming.

Source: 15 exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world | Expedia Viewfinder

Being #TransVisible at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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I ❤️when we support things. #BeKP @kpthrive @nmaahc #lovealwayswins #EqualityEqualsHealth #TransVisibility #KPpride #activetransportation (View on Flickr.com)

The information desk could not direct us to any displays featuring transgender people. The bathrooms are gendered. When I asked a staff person where the LGBT section was, she said “What does LGBT stand for?”

I know that’s not the intent of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (@NMAAHC) based on the work they’ve done (see the Twitter moment at the bottom of this post), so these things are not a big deal in the overall experience that the NMAAHC is.

I could only be there for a brief time (when you see a chance you take it) and I experienced multiple incredible micro-interactions that I can’t even express here, not just with the imagery, with the staff, the other visitors, that were meaningful and remind me why there’s more learning-per-minute in Washington, DC than any other place I’ve been.

Not to mention that it’s the most inclusive city in the world…

The best moment of the day was the selfie that myself and colleague Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey) took in front of the sweet home cafe, which is generously supported by Kaiser Permanente.

After I snapped the photo I asked what hashtags to use and she said, “include #TransVisbility. I’m including that on every photo now.” Of course I did.

30% of Americans know someone who is Transgender. 37% of the youngest Americans (age 18-29) do (see: Many Americans know someone who is gay, fewer know someone who is transgender | Pew Research Center)

Science clearly demonstrates that bias is reduced by contact of a specific nature:

optimal intergroup contact would be of equal status, involve cooperation to achieve common goals, and should be supported by important societal institutions.Just Read: Methods for reducing unconscious bias, implications for transgender person health and medical care

That’s us. Equal status (both people who power Kaiser Permanente, I actually report to Bianca as a Produer on Capital TransPride, she is Co-chair of our Multicultural Business Group), involving cooperating to achieving common goals (Helping our health system learn to love better), supported by important societal institutions (Kaiser Permanente is the highest performing health system in the United States).

One more photo. This is of Bianca at the first ever transgender youth ball in Washington, DC last month, produced by the also-amazing Ruby Corado (@CasaRubyDC). She’s welcoming the attendees and affirming them as valuable members of the Washington, DC community, along with Ruby.

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2017.05.19 Capital TransPride Weekend Washington, DC USA 5087 (View on Flickr.com)

Let a few more Americans discover what it’s like to know someone who makes the world a better place for them. My generation of physicians came to health care to make sure that happens, and we will 🙂 .

Rest of my NMAAHC photos below. Thank you for a great experience.

Photo Friday: Equality March for Unity and Pride, Washington, DC USA

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2017.06.11 Equality March 2017, Washington, DC USA 6513 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photograph was taken in Washington, DC (of course), and is of the moment the Equality March for Unity and Pride (@EqualityMarch17) started.

The very start of a march (as of this year I have seen many) is a very impactful, moving, moment, and this was no exception. What I felt was the strong intention for LGBTQ+ communities to control their destiny. See for yourself in the photos below.

The image below is a reminder that the most powerful voices are the ones from the future.

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2017.06.11 Equality March 2017, Washington, DC USA 6576 (View on Flickr.com)

Mobilizing LGBTQ+ communities, our loved ones and our allies – with particular focus on those who have been actively silenced and neglected – in the fight to affirm and protect our rights, our safety and our full humanity.Equality March 2017

Thanks for publishing my photo @BaltimorePatch in Guide To Baltimore Pride 2017 This Weekend

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Baltimore Pride 25749 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo Baltimore Patch (@BaltimorePatch). I instantly recognized this as mine because I remember when I took it that there was a single transgender pride flag being flown at Baltimore Pride that year. If Baltimore is like Washington, DC, I expect to see many more of these this year. Just another sign that the world is learning to love better.

Tens of thousands of people will gather for the Baltimore Pride celebration on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18.

Source: Guide To Baltimore Pride 2017 This Weekend – Baltimore, MD Patch