Thanks for using my photos: Hundreds Of LGBTQ People Held A Dance Party Protest via The Huffington Post

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2017.04.01 Queer Dance Party – Ivanka Trump’s House – Washington, DC USA 02058 (View on Flickr.com)
We’re all here for health and Love always wins 🙂 .

“Come dance!”

Source: Hundreds Of LGBTQ People Held A Dance Party Protest Outside Ivanka Trump’s Home | The Huffington Post – via @HuffingtonPost & @JMN

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“A Rainbow Can Only Exist Where there is LIGHT” 2016.06.13 From DC to Orlando Vigils 06073 (View on Flickr.com)

I’m mostly putting this here for the record.

Werk for Peace (@WerkForPeace) was born out of the massacre of 49 people who were killed while being human.

At the same time, because this is a blog about what I learned yesterday, I’m reflecting on similar actions in our nation’s capital in 2008 that I was at:

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Washington DC Demonstration for Equality November 15 2008 15664 (View on Flickr.com)
What I learned is that LGBTQ communities have become healthier, more able to control its destiny, and in an intersectional, non-binary way, in 10 years.

And why wouldn’t they?

Resilient people and companies face reality with staunchness, make meaning of hardship instead of crying out in despair, and improvise solutions from thin air. Others do not. This is the nature of resilience, and we will never completely understand it. – Coutu DL. How resilience works. Harv. Bus. Rev. 2002;80(5):46.

Additional 2017 photos below, see for yourself. All @CreativeCommons licensed, as usual.

2017 Enterprising Women, Washington, DC USA

2017.03.21 Tagg Magazine 2017 Enterprising Women, Washington, DC USA 3904
With 2017 Enterprising woman Bianca Rey – 2017.03.21 Tagg Magazine 2017 Enterprising Women, Washington, DC USA 3904 (View on Flickr.com)

Tagg Magazine’s (@TaggMagazine) 2017 Enterprising Women, including Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey), Executive Producer of Capital TransPride.

This will be my 5th Capital TransPride (@TransprideDC), run by a fantastic team, in an even more awesome venue in 2017, Washington, DC’s legendary Studio Theatre (@Studio_Theatre)

Equality is the future. And the future tends to be born here. Washington, DC USA

Additional photos below.

Tagg Magazine's (@TaggMagazine) <a href="https://taggmagazine.com/features/2017-enterprising-women/">2017 Enterprising Women</a>, including Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey), Executive Producer of Capital TransPride. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Just Read: A Transgender Military Internist’s Perspective – #WhatADoctorLooksLike

This article, published in JAMA Internal Medicine describes the personal journey of a physician who is now serving as their authentic self:

…today I serve as a female physician in every respect within the Department of Defense. Last month, I graduated the Army Medical Department’s Advanced Course with honors, and now I look forward to the sec- ond half of my military career being treated like any other capable military physician.

The commentary, by Jamie Henry, MD (@MAJ_JLee_MD), concerns another paper in the journal

Schvey NA, Blubaugh I, Morettini A, Klein DA, KL M, G B. Military Family Physicians’ Readiness for Treating Patients With Gender Dysphoria. JAMA Intern Med [Internet]. 2017 Mar 13 [cited 2017 Mar 16];104(7):e5–6.

which, sadly, shows an important part of our profession unprepared, and in some cases, unwilling to provide care to their patients in need.

Depending on how full your glass is, the figure that 76% say they can provide “non-judgemental care” is either good or bad.

  • Good, because 24% admit that they have bias. To not admit bias leads to more harm and errors, multiple studies show this.
  • Bad, because 24% of physicians will provide care in a biased fashion, which is harmful
  • Good or bad: The 76% who say they can provide “non-judgemental care” may have hidden biases. The literature here is also helpful – there is the “illusion of objectivity” which describes the idea that people who believe they are not biased can be the most biased in their behavior (see these posts on my blog about this).

As Dr. Henry states, there is still a long way to go.

At the same time, how incredible is it that a person can have this aspiration, and fulfill it, because the only prerequisite is that they are human.

I went to medical school for a number of reasons, but primarily I wanted to heal—myself and others.

  • heal society too, which is what will happen, as we change forever #WhatADoctorLooksLike

Also noting the work of Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD – @DoctorJesseMD – working to be an ally for the LGBTQ community.

Love this century 🙂 .

Photo Friday: #ProtectTransKids Washington, DC USA

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2017.02.22 ProtectTransKids Protest, Washington, DC USA 01142 (View on Flickr.com)

I’m 100% sure I was watching history when I took this photograph, outside of the White House, in Washington, DC (of course).

It features the leaders of the health issue of our time – equal opportunity to exist in society for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and in this case transgender.

Leaders present included Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) Mara Keisling (@MaraKeisling) Raffi Freedman-Gurspan and Gavin Grimm (@GavinGrimmVA) + parents, families, doctors, lawyers, nurses, therapists + many community colleagues in the capital of a world learning to love better.

Rest of the series is below. Thanks to the dozen plus professional medical organizations who we now know were there with us, too.

It’s a fact – Equality Equals Health.

Gloucester County School Board v. G.G – American Academy of Pediatrics, et al.

Putting this here for the record. Remember.

BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, AND 17 ADDITIONAL MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENT

Source: Gloucester County School Board v. G.G – American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. | American Civil Liberties Union

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2017.02.24 Dance Protest Celebrating Trans Youth, Washington, DC USA 01157 (View on Flickr.com)

Excluding Transgender Individuals From Facilities Consistent With Their Gender Identity Endangers Their Physical And Mental Health, Safety, And Well-Being.

  • The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (“AACAP”)
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians (“AAFP”)
  • The American Academy of Nursing
  • The American Academy of Physician Assistants (“AAPA”)
  • The American Medical Student Association (“AMSA”)
  • The American Medical Women’s Association
  • The American Nurses Association (“ANA”)
  • The American Psychoanalytic Association
  • The American Public Health Association (“APHA”)
  • The Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs
  • The Endocrine Society
  • GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (“GLMA”)
  • Mental Health America (“MHA”)
  • The National Association of Social Workers (“NASW”)
  • The Pediatric Endocrine Society (“PES”)
  • The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • The Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics (“SPAP”)

Just Read: Marriage equality = 134,000 less suicide attempts in adolescents

We estimated that, each year, same-sex marriage policies would be associated with more than 134 000 fewer adolescents attempting suicide. These results reflect an important reduction in adolescent emotional distress and risk of mortality from suicide.

Equality does equal health.

I did read the paper and reviewed the analysis – these numbers are possible because 29% of sexual minority adolescents (lesbian, gay, bisexual) report attempting suicide in the last 12 months compared to 6% in the general population.

This is the impact modeled from just one policy change (that has since been applied across the United States) for a subset of the LGBTQ population.

Imagine if every State in the United States was as supportive of equality as Washington, DC is.

Diversity allows the human species to survive 🙂 .

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More love. Less suicide. 2013.06.26 – SCOTUS 26251 (View on Flickr.com)

Raifman J, Moscoe E, Austin SB, McConnell M. Difference-in-Differences Analysis of the Association Between State Same-Sex Marriage Policies and Adolescent Suicide Attempts. JAMA Pediatr [Internet]. [cited 2017 Feb 21]