Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions – Information for Patients
Bronson strives to provide you and your family with equitable, exceptional healthcare that is tailored to your needs.
At select Bronson practices, you will have the opportunity at your next appointment to add your sexual orientation and gender identity information to your medical record. This information includes:
- Legal Name
- Preferred Name
- Sex Assigned at Birth
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Preferred Pronouns
See the frequently asked questions below to learn more.
Why am I being asked about my sexual orientation and gender identity?
Every patient has unique health needs. Knowing your sexual orientation and gender identity will help us deliver appropriate health services and culturally competent care.
How will this information be used?
Your provider(s) will use this information to help identify and meet your healthcare needs. In addition, gathering this information from all patients allows Bronson to see if there are gaps in care or services across different patient populations, including LGBTQ+ people and their families.
What is gender identity?
Gender identity is a person’s inner sense of their gender. For example, a person may think of themselves as male, as female, as a combination of male and female, or as another gender.
Bronson recognizes there are many gender identities, and that this list may not include how you identify. We welcome your feedback and are continually striving to meet your needs.
What is sexual orientation?
Sexual orientation is how a person describes their emotional and sexual attraction to others.
- Heterosexual describes women who are emotionally and sexually attracted to men, and men who are emotionally and sexually attracted to women.
- Gay describes a person who is emotionally and sexually attracted to people of their own gender. It is most commonly used when talking about men.
- Lesbian describes a woman who is emotionally and sexually attracted to other women.
- Bisexual describes a person who is emotionally and sexually attracted to people of their own gender and people of other genders.
Bronson recognizes there are many sexual orientations, and that this list may not include how you identify. We welcome your feedback and are continually striving to meet your needs.
What does transgender mean?
Transgender people have a gender identity that is not the same as their sex at birth.
- Transgender male (female-to-male) describes someone assigned female at birth who has a male gender identity
- Transgender female (male-to-female) describes someone assigned male at birth who has a female gender identity
Who will see this information?
Your provider(s) will see this information, and it will become part of your medical record. In addition, a few other staff will have access to this information. Your information is confidential and protected by law.
Do I have to share this information?
You have the option to check the box “Choose not to disclose.” Later, your provider may ask you these questions privately during your visit. You can choose whether to share this information at that point, and/or you can ask your provider more questions..
Update your health record on MyChart
You don’t need to wait until your next doctor’s appointment! Add your sexual orientation and gender identity information to your health record using MyChart.
- Log in to your MyChart account.
- Click on the ‘Menu’ button.
- Scroll down and select ‘Personal Information’ listed under ‘Account Settings.’
- Click the gray ‘Edit’ button in the section labeled ‘Details About Me.’
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about these questions. For additional information, we encourage you to speak with your provider. You can send them a message on MyChart or call their office.