Gender in medical offices is so challenging to navigate, for me.
I feel like every time I go to a doctor or medical facility of some sort (which is soooooo often), I have to leave my gender at the door. I have to endure being consistently misgendered. I have to clench my teeth through generalized medical statements about women. I have to take deep breaths through assumptions made about women’s emotions and bodies.
I find it so hard to advocate for myself and speak out about my pronouns/gender identity. I have yet to correct a single medical staff member when they use she/her about me or to me because I just want to be in that space to get my physical health better. I don’t want have to constantly be in educator and advocate. I don’t want to have to explain, every damn time, what nonbinary means, what pronouns are, that gender is on a spectrum (or not real to begin with), etc.
Every time I hear “she” I cringe, but I suck it up because I know the emotional stress and labor to correct allllllllllllll these medical practitioners and administrators would pull my energy away from solely focusing on my physical health.
It sucks to have to consistently sacrifice my emotional comfort in order to heal my physical discomfort.
I really do commend my trans/nonbinary friends and peers out there who say FUCK ALL THAT and still demand that they are seen, acknowledged, and respected as the gender they are rather than the one everyone perceives them to be.
I have recently started writing “nonbinary” in the sex portion of all my medical forms. But I still feel a sense of annoyance, frustration, or hopelessness at times because I feel writing it does absolutely nothing. But I still do it because it makes ME feel good and I always want to make sure that I’m validating my own identity, even if others absolutely refuse to.
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