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 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.
This week’s photo is an easy choice. It’s a rainbow pride flag flying over Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, USA for 2017 Baltimore Pride. Nothing says visibility like a rainbow flag. Plenty of transgender pride flags as well, many many more than this same event 4 years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂 .