Times are a changin’ people.
Recently when I went to a new doctor, I was given the usual “stack” of forms to fill out (except it was all done electronically on one of the wireless PhreesiaPads like this):
There were some questions I had never come across on doctor’s forms before. Instead of asking for my sex, they asked my birth sex. Okey-Dokey. In today’s age, I can kinda see why. Hint: Think Bruce Jenner/Caitlyn Jenner.
Then it said:
Sexual orientation– there was a blank box after these two words and quite honestly, I was confused as to what exactly I was supposed to write in this box. And for the life of me I wondered why they have the need to ask this? I left it blank because I honestly didn’t know what to put and was too embarrassed to ask. And furthermore, I didn’t really think it was any of their business. I was there for kidney stone pain, so why on God’s green earth did they need to know my sexual orientation?
Then it said Gender Identity. And there was a drop down menu with the following choices:
straight or heterosexual
lesbian, gay or homosexual
Choose not to disclose
Other, please describe
For the record, I’m a straight (heterosexual) female married happily and monogamously for almost 33 years to my straight (heterosexual) male husband. This being said, I still don’t know what I was supposed to write in the sexual orientation box.
I couldn’t help but wonder what other, please describe under Gender Identity could possibly mean? What else is there? Am I missing something? Anyone care to explain? I’m so confused.
I told my husband that I want to be a fly on the wall when his sweet, dear 88-year-old mother comes across one of these forms for the first time. Oh Lordy. And you thought I was confused?