Photo Friday: General John A. Logan’s Circle, Washington, DC USA

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General John Alexander Logan (February 9, 1826 – December 26, 1886) was an American soldier and political leader. He served in the Mexican-American War and was a general in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He served the state of Illinois as a State Senator, a Congressman, and a U.S. Senator and was an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States with James G. Blaine in the election of 1884. As the 3rd Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, he is regarded as the most important figure in the movement to recognize Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) as an official holiday.

(source: Wikipedia)

Additional photos are here. Enjoy.

Thanks for publishing my photo @DCist in Interactive Map: Average Rents Increase Near 61 Of 91 Metrorail Stops

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This is a photo of 14th Street, Northwest, in Washington, DC, a place that’s undergone tremendous change.

Here are the rest of the photos in this series.

The cheapest one-bedroom apartments can be found along the eastern portion of the Orange and Blue Lines, according to a report by RentHop.

Source: Interactive Map: Average Rents Increase Near 61 Of 91 Metrorail Stops: DCist

Thanks for publishing my photo in Morning Roundup: @DCist

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General John Alexander Logan (February 9, 1826 – December 26, 1886) was an American soldier and political leader. He served in the Mexican-American War and was a general in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He served the state of Illinois as a State Senator, a Congressman, and a U.S. Senator and was an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States with James G. Blaine in the election of 1884. As the 3rd Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, he is regarded as the most important figure in the movement to recognize Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) as an official holiday..Wikipedia

Source: Morning Roundup: D.C.’s Robberies Are Declining : DCist

Photo Friday: In Washington, DC, health care does what policy makers can’t…until later

This is not a partisan or a political post, it’s an observation on the interplay between policy makers and health care in leading health in society.

Health care as a sector is usually targeted for its inefficiency and poor quality, for its designing away of hope…..and then scenes like this happen.

The Photo

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They see us. Whitman Walker Health lit in the colors of the transgender pride flag. 2017.05.20 Capital TransPride Washington, DC USA 5249 (View on Flickr.com)
The image is of the iconic Whitman Walker Health (@WhitmanWalker) on 14th Street NW in Washington, DC, lit in the colors of the transgender pride flag, immediately following 2017 Capital TransPride, of which Whitman Walker is a presenting sponsor. (See: Because Life is Amazing and We Can: My 5th Capital TransPride )

Given the location, in one of the busiest corridors in our nation’s capital, the sight is as stunning and meaningful as was the lighting of the White House in the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag in 2015.

Not the first time Whitman Walker preceded policy makers

This scene immediately reminded me of this one, in December, 2007, when I snapped this photograph, just a few blocks north, on World AIDS day:

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Whitman Walker Clinic – Miracles Happen (View on Flickr.com)
Remarkably, my thoughts from that moment are here on this blog (See: Photo Friday: Miracles Happen ), and they relate the feeling present at the time, that health care would have to lead our policy makers down the street, because they weren’t going to.

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2016.12.01 World AIDS Day at The White House, Washington, DC USA 09223 (View on Flickr.com)

3 years later, a beautifully designed red ribbon appeared on the White House for the first time, on World AIDS Day, and it would adorn the House every year after that (and I’ve photographed it most years, it’s that stunning).

Whitman Walker has the longest track record for providing compassionate health care to the LGBTQ community – all the letters. And in this location, which for many years was forgotten and without hope as Washington, DC struggled after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, and then the drug and HIV epidemics that followed.

And then policy makers caught up

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Prohibition of Discrimination in Health Insurance based on Gender Identity or Expression 38007 (View on Flickr.com)

In 2014, Washington, DC Mayor Vince Gray banned exclusions for transgender person care in health insurance. He went even farther – requiring that medically supervised, science-based transgender person care be covered as a requirement to sell insurance in the District of Columbia.

It was an incredible day – the policy was landmark not just for Washington, DC, but the entire nation, which is slowly catching up to Washington, DC in LGBTQ-supportive health policy. Washington, DC is still the national leader.

At the time we lamented that mainstream health care was incapable of being a leader in health.

There are always leaders in health in health care

Several of us hoped that the White House would follow-up the 2015 lighting by lighting with the transgender pride flag in 2016 after the series of health and life promoting policy actions undertaken by the Obama administration.

This didn’t happen. So we wait, and watch as Whitman Walker and every health system in Washington, DC innovates in LGBTQ health (because it’s required by policy).

One day policy makers will catch up again.

It’s happened before. πŸ™‚

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Next time, in the transgender pride flag colors. Until then, we have Whitman Walker (View on Flickr.com)

Photo Friday: A Sunset Scene More Beautiful Than the Last, Washington, DC USA

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2017.05.01 Capital TransPride Producers, Washington, DC USA 4386 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photo was taken from Whitman Walker Health (@WhitmanWalker), the gracious and supportive hosts of the Capital Transpride (@TransPrideDC) Producers Group. You can see the Washington Hilton on the far right, with the National Cathedral behind it. The Cairo is in the foreground.

This westward view looks on to the “haves” toward the dividing line of the city where health and opportunity is better. I’ll be posting on that later.

The thing about this time of year is that every time you look up, the sky and city light up and become more gorgeous than the last time you looked up. This is on top of the already most-gorgeous-capital-city view that we enjoy every moment here.

This was happening while the Producers group was going through this year’s Capital TransPride event, just days away. Our discussion touched on issues of acceptance, authenticity, the creation of safe spaces, and the fact that many people from around the United States are moving to Washington, DC now seeking these things. And why shouldn’t they, the result will be that more of the future will continue to be born here, and the sunsets will become even more beautiful (I don’t know if such a thing is possible πŸ™‚ ).

Enjoy the rest of the photos.

Photo Friday: Isn’t Washington, DC Beautiful?

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When borrowing a good lens, it’s easy to find great material in the nation’s capital, where the future continues to be born. Enjoy.

DC People and Places (series)