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Dear Dr
Black eye

Hello Kaiser Permanente,


I've got an appointment next week with my new doctor. Thank you for that. I'm sure he will be great. But I noticed that he graduated from Temple University, and listed "teaching in our church" as a hobby.


So, I need to ask: does my doctor mind treating gay people?


I shouldn't have to ask this question. In a perfect world, my doctor would be ethical and give me medical attention without regard to my sexual orientation. But thanks to new rules implemented by the Bush administration, medical professionals can refuse to give treatment based on their personal religious beliefs. So, I ask again... by any chance does my new doctor hate gay people like me?


Also, I expect he has a number of nurses and EMTs that will assist him. Please provide me with a list of all possible staff at that facility who might treat me, as well as their chosen religions and beliefs. In Bush's new world, even pharmacists can refuse to fill prescriptions for contraception, morning-after pills, and AIDS medications. I wouldn't want to find out about that when it's too late.


Since your company agrees with allowing your employees to refuse care based on their own whims and superstitions, lease send me a complete list of all Kaiser Permanente employees, their addresses, and if they are small-minded christian bigots. Thank you very much in advance.


Sincerely. No, seriously... very, very sincerely,


Patrick Kellogg



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My Kaiser (SSF) Dr is straight, and very very, gay supportive (in fact he is the best Dr I have had in yrs in comparison to the gay Dr I had before) (he is also intrigued with my nipple piercings). I did ask for a gay friendly Dr initially, and they couldn't exactly steer me to one directly, but chose him.
I have several friends who go to gay Drs, in SSF, Santa Clara, and of course SF. And I believe they requested for a gay DR initially and got one :). If you need some names, let me know, and I can ask my friends who they use :)

Nope. I don't want a gay doctor. I don't even need a gay ally. I need a competent doctor who will treat me to the best of his (or her) abilities. My post is not about that... you've missed the point. I'm making a comment that for some reason, gay people and women have to "pre-screen" for hateful bigots without being given tool by the HMO. I'm asking for a list of idiots... it's a bittersweet Swiftian post.

eep! I see the point (after rereading with my morning coffee :). Very good point! And so true. I have been "pre-screening" all my life!!!!

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