It’s the Little Things

Our doctors’ office is a conventional place. The daytime waiting room is filled with elderly people, the magazines are slightly out of date, and the eye chart begins with E. There’s a sign on the scale that reads “Please let us know in advance if you don’t want to know your weight”—a nice touch.

But there is a slight difference here. On their standard medical history form, under “gender,” you have the choice of three boxes to check: male, female, and transgender.

It’s one simple word. But it makes a significant statement about the practice and my community and the importance of recognition and dignity.

Plus, they have a receptionist who answers the phone exactly like a 1950s secretary cliché.

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