“Hi, could I speak with Brittany please?”
This phone call is not how I wanted to wake up today.
“This is Janet from your doctor’s office. Is this Brittany?” the nurse asked.
“My name has been legally changed for a year and a half. It has been updated on all my prescriptions, in my medical file, and on all my legal documents. When I became a patient at this LGBT-serving clinic, I was explicitly told that staff would make an effort to recognize people by their preferred names rather than their legal one. I tolerated these mistakes back then, but now I have jumped through all the hoops of legally changing my name. It’s more than a year later, and you are still not calling me Brandyn.
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