Just Read: Moral Self-Licensing – a continual challenge to eliminating bias in health care

Just Read: Moral Self-Licensing - a continual challenge to eliminating bias in health care

Earlier in my career, I remember a colleague saying to me, in a challenge to observed, biased behavior, “this is organization x, those things don’t happen here.” He said it with a dismissive chuckle. And yet, it did happen…

I have been intensely interested in the concept of “Illusion of Objectivity” especially in health care, and so have done a deep literature review, which brought me to this paper and the concept of moral self-license…

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Photo Friday: About the Future, It Arrived

Photo Friday: About the Future, It Arrived

Celebrating the people who volunteered to make Capital Pride (@CapitalPrideDC) in the nation’s capital a huge success this year. That includes Capital TransPride of course (@CapitalTransPride).

Thanks to Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States (@KPMidAtlantic) for being a platinum sponsor of both events.

Washington, DC is not just the nation’s capital. It’s the capital of a world learning to love better. It’s why we’re here. Continue reading→

Notes from the nation’s capital, where love won

Notes from the nation's capital, where love won

In my intersectionality as a family physician, a patient (we are all patients), member of and advocate for the LGBTQ community, ally, Washington, DC resident (all of these in no particular order), a few points from Washington, DC.

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A Few Photos in the Middle of History Being Made: National Center for Transgender Equality Gala

A Few Photos in the Middle of History Being Made: National Center for Transgender Equality Gala

Last year at this time, there was no Section 1557 rule (see: A Historic LGBTQ Health Symposium on a Historic Day ) or Title IX guidance, with the former on its way to being the biggest change in health care that I can remember in my career. Lyndon Baines Johnson and Richard Nixon would be proud of their legacy. Continue reading→

Intro to me, intro to you, AAMC Axis Interprofessional Collaboration Subcommittee

Intro to me, intro to you, AAMC Axis Interprofessional Collaboration Subcommittee

I’ve been part of the Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development (Axis) for over a year now.

We’re now getting to know one another and I’m happily discovering all of the expertise across academic medicine that exists in support of LGBTQ health. It’s pretty awesome.

This month was my turn to introduce myself, who I am, where I came from, and what I hope to do with this group, in 10 minutes. My slides are below, for the record…..
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At the corner of caring and equality: AAMC Axis Webinar on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth

At the corner of caring and equality: AAMC Axis Webinar on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth

This webinar, entitled The Nuts and Bolts of Caring for and Teaching about Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth, was the first project completed by my small subcomittee of the AAMC AXIS committee (see: I said yes: AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development).

During the presentation by Michelle M. Forcier, MD, MPH and Jennifer L. Rehm, MD, emcee’d by Henry Ng, MD, MPH and Jason Schneider, MD, I was reminded how far we have come.
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Just Read: Debunking the “Bathroom Bill” Myth: Accurate Reporting on Nondiscrimination – A Guide for Journalists

Just Read: Debunking the "Bathroom Bill" Myth: Accurate Reporting on Nondiscrimination - A Guide for Journalists

Any journalist or communication professional reporting on LGBTQ issues should read this guide.

And yet, they don’t take the time to use proper terminology, as professionals in their own business.

It’s possible I’ve referred you to this post if you are one. See below for the reason why.

National Public Radio (@NPR) has had particular trouble with this concept (see below). Continue reading→