I Wonder…..

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


Don’t know

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-in-law comes across one of these forms for the first time. Oh Lordy.  And you thought I was confused?


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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9 Responses to I Wonder…..

  1. joshlugo says:

    That’s really odd. Why does a doctor need to know this?

    • Gail says:

      I asked myself that same question. Maybe because I was in a urology specialty office??? I honestly don’t really know. I’m betting those will be standard questions in all doctor’s offices before too long (if they’re not already)!

  2. enitsirk24 says:

    I really don’t understand all the changes in people these days.

  3. Billy Mac says:

    It’s a mixed up world we live in. There is something to be said for simplicity. If I was given a “please explain” option I would say TRIsexual. Hell, I’ll try anything! And then imagine the reaction. But that’s just me

    • Gail says:

      Ha! Yeah, the “other, please describe” option almost makes it too tempting to want to mess with them! TRIsexual would definitely raise some eyebrows, huh?

  4. Life use to be simple. I wouldn’t mind trading places with your dear old Mom. 🙂

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