Photos from Washington, DC #Charlottesville

2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8056
2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8056 (View on Flickr.com)

Just another day in the capital of a world learning to ❤️ better.

All photos @CreativeCommons licensed. Feel free to use.

Thanks for Publishing my Photo, in Transgender Military Members Sue Trump Over Ban – Law Street Media

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7645
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7645 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo, Law Street Media (@LawStreetMedia) in this article written by Anneliese Mahoney (@amahoney8672), which I will let speak for itself.

The photograph is of a recent gathering in front of the White House regarding the service of transgender humans in the American Military. Relevant to the photo, and from the physician/health perspective, the sign is factually correct, based on science. Providing supervised, evidence-based medical care to manage gender dysphoria reduces distractions, improves health and well being for people and the communities they live in, and ultimately the human race, because diversity allows humanity to survive 🙂 .

Feel free to view the rest of the photos.

Transgender military members sued President Donald Trump over his tweet-based directive that trans individuals will no longer be allowed to serve.

Source: Transgender Military Members Sue Trump Over Ban – Law Street

Thanks for publishing my photograph GroundTruth in, transgender military ban defies decades of progress on LGBT equality 

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7683
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7683 (View on Flickr.com)

Thank you for publishing my photo GroundTruth (@GroundTruth) in this piece by author Kevin Douglas Grant (@KevinDGrant). I believe the quote below is appropriate. And accurate.

You can see the rest of the photos from this series here.

American history tells us that hatred and discrimination can be unlearned. And they can be defeated.

Source: Trump’s transgender military ban defies decades of progress on LGBT equality | The GroundTruth Project – Trump’s transgender military ban defies decades of progress on LGBT equality – The GroundTruth Project

Thanks for publishing my photo: Where the sidewalk begins and ends in the Flickr pool – Greater Greater Washington

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7635
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7635 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo, Greater Greater Washington (@ggwash). It was taken in front of the White House during protests against the transgender military service ban.

Source: Where the sidewalk begins and ends in the Flickr pool – Greater Greater Washington

Thanks for Publishing my Photos in Trans Activists Protest Trump’s Transgender Military Ban in New York, San Francisco, and D.C.

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7673
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7673 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for including my photos, DailyDot (@DailyDot) in the story below.

Hundreds gathered across the United States in protest against President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, criticizing the president’s tweets.

Source: Trans Activists Protest Trump’s Transgender Military Ban in New York, San Francisco, and D.C.

Actually they didn’t include my photos, they included a tweet about my photos:

So I’ve decided to choose another one of them to headline this post. You can see the rest of them here.

Resilience in the medical profession, as it works to be an ally

As I wrote in another post this week about an excellent peer-reviewed article on resilience in the medical profession, being in these spaces is one of the components of resilience in medicine – supporting others in the broken places, supports our broken places, too. Enjoy.

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7637
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7637 (View on Flickr.com)

Photos: Protest Trans Military Ban, Washington, DC USA

2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7660
2017.07.26 Protest Trans Military Ban, White House, Washington DC USA 7660 (View on Flickr.com)

As I have posted here previously, the combined nursing and medical professions have decidedly spoken against the denial of care or public accommodation to people who are transgender.

My generation of physicians came to health care during one of the most (if not the most) significant ethical crisis in our profession’s history. It’s why we pledged to change everything. And make sure that love always wins (it usually does anyway).

Rest of the photographs are below. All are creative commons (@CreativeCommons) licensed.

Thanks for publishing my photo @BritishMuseum, in A symbol of pride: raising the rainbow flag 

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Celebrating a new America #lovewins 58242 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for using my photo of the White House lit up with rainbow colors, British Museum (@BritishMuseum) in this blog post, with such a lovely sentiment. As I wrote about it back then, people who saw it online thought it wasn’t real, and we didn’t even think it was real when we were standing watching it (it was real).

You see, if I could tell my young gay self – who was bullied at school for being gay, who told his friends he fancied Posh Spice when he actually fancied David Beckham, who wanted nothing more than to fit in, who didn’t come out to friends and family for years out of fear – that one heartwarming day the big ol’ building full of stuff, at the heart of the establishment, would raise a Rainbow Flag atop its highest point, for all to see in the spirit of togetherness, tolerance, community and acceptance… well, I think my younger self would feel nothing but Pride, and a little less lonely too.

Source: A symbol of pride: raising the rainbow flag – The British Museum Blog

As I write this post I am looking across a street in Washington, DC, where there is large rainbow flag hanging next to a large American flag on a local business, and then I found this blog post and the sentiment was exactly the same. I like how that emotion transcends continents, and why shouldn’t it, we’re all human.

In Washington, DC, we have taken inclusion and visibility further by lighting our streets and painting our crosswalks in the colors of the transgender pride flag. It’s just what happens in the most inclusive city in the world.

Thanks for publishing my photo @CommonDreams in Trump “Simply Doesn’t Care”: Six Members of HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel Resign

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2015 World AIDS Day – Red Ribbon on White House – Washington DC USA 00410 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo Common Dreams (@CommonDreams). As I wrote recently (see: Photo Friday: In Washington, DC, health care does what policy makers can’t…until later) symbols like the ribbon, the rainbow pride flag, the transgender pride flag, are important signals of visibility, acceptance, and caring, and I’ve photographed the ribbon every year that it’s appeared on the White House portico since 2010. It’s actually interesting how the displays of these symbols track compassion and caring, even loosely.

Final straw, they say, was president’s pushing of healthcare legislation that would deal devastating blow to HIV community

Source: Trump “Simply Doesn’t Care”: Six Members of HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel Resign | Common Dreams

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:

Whitman Walker Clinic - Miracles Happen
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.

2016.12.01 World AIDS Day at The White House, Washington, DC USA 09223
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. 🙂

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

Photo Friday: Lafayette Square, Washington, DC USA

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2017.02.06 DC People and Places 00566 (View on Flickr.com)

Lafayette Square, the site of everything from made-up cocaine purchases to strolls on the way to the future, is this week’s photo, taken at sunset. Inauguration stands are in the process of being dismantled.

Part of the series below. Enjoy.