Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Questions

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 - name listed on legal documents such as passports or state issued IDs 
  • Chosen Name - name an individual has chosen as their primary name; outside of legal or administrative actions
  • Sex Assigned at Birth - the sex assigned by a provider based on external reproductive anatomy, at the time of birth
  • Gender Identity - a person’s innate internal sense of their gender; this may or may not be the same as their sex assigned at birth
  • Sexual Orientation - how a person describes their emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction toward others
  • Chosen Pronouns - words used instead of someone’s name when referring to them (i.e. he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, etc.)

At this time, we are requesting this information from patients ages 18 and older only.

See the frequently asked questions below to learn more.

Why am I being asked about my sexual orientation and gender identity?

We know that everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity and that they play an important role in our health and wellbeing.  Sharing this information with Bronson helps us to provide patient-centered care that is tailored to the specific health and wellness needs of each person.

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.

What is gender identity?

Gender is different than biological sex. 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.

  • Cisgender describes a person whose gender identity is the same as their sex assigned at birth.
  • Transgender describes a person whose gender identity is not the same as their sex assigned at birth.
  • Genderfluid describes someone whose gender identity is not fixed.
  • Genderqueer/non-binary describes people whose gender identity falls outside the traditional gender binary of either woman/female or man/male.
  • Transgender male describes someone assigned female sex at birth who has a male gender identity.
  • Transgender female describes someone assigned male sex at birth who has a female gender identity.

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.

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. Watch the video or follow the steps listed below to update your information. 

  1. Log in to your MyChart account.
  2. Click on the ‘Menu’ button.
  3. Scroll down and select ‘Personal Information’ listed under ‘Account Settings.’
  4. Click the gray ‘Edit’ button in the section labeled ‘Details About Me.’

Don't have a Bronson MyChart account? Sign up today!

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.

Additional Resources

Follow the links below for more information about LGBTQ services and resources in our community. 

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