Alison (Allie) Taur, MD, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Science, participated as a Kaiser Permanente float rider in the 2024 Rose Parade ® on January 1 along with several other KP care team members and patients. This year’s theme “Celebrating a World of Music: The Universal Language” was especially poignant to Dr. Taur, who is a musician.
“If there was any year [to be on a float], this would be the one. In many ways, I think of life as being a musical journey,” stated Dr. Taur in the Daily Pilot. According to her comments in Southcoast Magazine, Dr. Taur believes that “music weaves our lives together” and that it is “the very language of the soul, speaking directly to the heart and needing no translation.”
Dr. Taur, who admittedly is more content spending time with family rather than on television, said initially she was a bit hesitant to say yes to this opportunity. With this in mind, her wife Joyce (who is also a KPSOM Clinical Science faculty member) encouraged Dr. Taur, who transitioned in 2014, to take part in the “once in a lifetime” opportunity and reminded her how important her participation would be to the transgender and gender-diverse community.