Photo Friday: Vermont Avenue, NW, Gateway to the Future, Washington, DC USA

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“”Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, we stand together as neighbors”- districtoflove.org” 2017.04.12 DC People and Places 02295 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photograph was taken at the corner of Vermont Avenue, NW and U Street, in Washington, DC (of course), in front of the African American Civil War Memorial (@AfroAmCivilWar) In 2017. The sign identifies the significance of this location in United States history.

This happened on this corner in 1941:

Rally Against DC Police Brutality on U Street: 1941
Rally Against DC Police Brutality on U Street: 1941 (View on Flickr.com)

…and for the next 76 years several of the most significant civil rights movements of our time were conducted or were born in this vicinity, including the African American and LGBTQ communities. Last year I wrote a blog series about several of them, which you can access here.

As a person fascinated with the total health of a population and optimism for the future, my perspective this street is one of the most special in the United States.

Every year its neighbors (who have previously included Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln), get together to keep it beautiful,so that it can continue to host the future.

If you happen to be in Washington, DC and would like to contribute with the spirits and the ancestors, feel free.

More photos of 2017 below.

Photo Friday: At Q Street and at Q Street, NW, It’s LGBTQ Communities – Plural, Washington, DC USA

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Rayburn House Building with Q Street, the professional association of LGBT lobbyists and public policy advocates and those working for LGBT equality – 2017.04.07 LGBTQ Communities, Washington, DC USA 02171 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photographs were taken about 30 minutes and a few miles apart from each other.

They illustrate what I learned this week. It’s not “The LGBTQ community,” it’s “LGBTQ Communities”

The photograph above is of Q Street, the professional association of LGBT lobbyists and public policy advocates and those working for LGBT equality, at a reception at the Rayburn House Building, in downtown Washington, DC.

The photograph below was taken at Whitman Walker Health, just a few miles away, at the Capital Transpride (@DCTranspride) planning meeting, led by our Co-Chair, Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey) (and event sponsored at the platinum level by Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States – @KPMidAtlantic). Ruby Corado (@CasaRubyDC) happened to drop by, which made the meeting extra special.

Whitman Walker Health (@WhitmanWalker), our awesome host, by the way, is just off of Q Street (NW) itself, in Washington, DC.

The concept of communities plural came from from Catalina Velasquez (@ConsultCatalina) who is not pictured in the photographs below, but was in the room.

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Capital TransPride Producers Group – at Whitman Walker Health, just off of Q Street, NW – 2017.04.07 LGBTQ Communities, Washington, DC USA 02172 (View on Flickr.com)

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Capital TransPride Producers Group – at Whitman Walker Health, just off of Q Street, NW 2017.04.07 LGBTQ Communities, Washington, DC USA 02174 (View on Flickr.com)

I’m almost embarrassed to realize that this concept didn’t resonate for me until Catalina explained it to our group. And then I developed the digital film my camera and realized I live this concept every day.

I am more comfortable in some LGBTQ communities over others, like most humans. If you assume that I’m more comfortable in the community in the first photo vs the community in the 2nd and 3rd photos, challenge your assumptions – it’s my 5th TransPride ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Because biology is what it is, LGBTQ communities include every race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity in the human species. As a result a member of these communities is more likely than not to connect with more of humanity. That’s been my personal experience and it’s been an asset in every endeavor I’ve been a part of. I can’t think of a better gift to be have been given.

I’m not really embarrassed that I just figured this out, I’m celebrating that this life opportunity includes a mentor around every corner, who isn’t just like me.

To enjoy this gift in Washington, DC, the most protective of the diversity of these communities in the nation, is (cream cheese, no sugar) icing on the kale. Enjoy.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ .

“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. โ€“ Coutu DL. How resilience works. Harv. Bus. Rev. 2002;80(5):46.

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

Thanks for publishing my photos, UrbanTurf, in U Street Corridor: Weekday Strollers, Weekend Warriors

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2016.09.21 DC People and Places 08077 (View on Flickr.com)

Source: U Street Corridor: Weekday Strollers, Weekend Warriors: A renewed look at a northwest DC neighborhood that is balancing everyday residents with its weekend visitors.

I have always lived in this neighborhood as long as I have been in Washington, DC, and now I live in this and the Shaw neighborhood (right on the border), where it’s clear this is where the future was born.

If there’s any doubt, check out my blog series on historic Vermont Avenue. We walk in the footsteps of giants every day here.

Thanks for using my photographs in this profile of the neighborhood where the people who changed the world walked and still walk every single day, @UrbanTurf_DC.

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2016.09.21 DC People and Places 08081 (View on Flickr.com)

Photo Friday: Are Patients Human Beings? (Answer is YES) #TDOV Washington, DC USA

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2017.03.15 #ProtectTransWomen Day of Action, Washington, DC USA 01495 (View on Flickr.com)

This photograph, taken in Washington, DC, just steps from the White House, reminded me of this photograph

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Kaiser Wakes the Doctors Book 33949 (View on Flickr.com)

In 1943, this was actually an explicit question – (“Are Patients Human Beings?”). In 2017…. it’s still an explicit one depending on the population, and an implicit one for most practitioners taking care of vulnerable populations. This photograph begs the question of whether this should be a question for anyone in the healing professions.

Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV)

The International TDoV is an annual holiday celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender & gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. The holiday was founded in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender peopleโ€™s successes.

Click here to see the people that my generation of physicians came to health care to serve, because they are human..

Ultimately the world is learning to love better, and why shouldn’t it, diversity is what allows the human species to survive ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Photo Friday: 6th and I Synagogue, Washington, DC USA

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2017.03.18 DC People and Places 01412 (View on Flickr.com)

At sunset, The Sixth and I (@SixthandI) Synagogue featuring the iconic cornerstone laid in 1906:

The congregation holds a cornerstone laying ceremony on November 22, 1906, in the presence of government officials, Christian clergy from nearby churches, Adas Israel officials and members of its building committee. They place a time capsule inside of the cornerstone, containing copies of Jewish newspapers, coins minted in 1906, congregation membership lists, copies of the United States and Adas Israel constitutions, a copy of the April 15, 1865 edition of the New York Herald, giving an account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the fall of Richmond, and other articles. (via History – Sixth & I)

A few more photos in this series are here (testing a new camera lens in the most beautiful capital city).