And hello Life With Abandon!
For over a year I've lived a conservative lifestyle1. But soon, that will all change: I'm getting benefits!
Ah.. such a wonderous word: benefits. bene-, from the ebonical phrase be need, as in 'I be needing them benefits!'
But damn, there's so much to do to actually get the benefits. First off, I have to enroll. Which requires me to make decisions! Which means I have to do research. All this stuff is so involved!
All kidding aside, I wasn't opposed to doing the leg work, but where do I start? There was so much information! I turned to my friends and mentors. They advised that as a same-sex loving individual I should find a doctor that would be sensative to my needs - but where to find an assologist? I wasn't about to call up each doctor office listed and ask if there was a Dr. Seymore Butts (again).
So, as a gen-whatever, I turned to ever-dependable google; 'assologist' didn't yield many helpful results, and neither did 'gay doctor new york' - which returned information mainly about treating HIV/AIDS. When I found a list, how would I know which are good? Most profiles were incomplete and figuring out if they accepted my insurance was not easy at all.
All that said, the internet didn't fully disappoint; I found some helpful reference material:
- GMHC.org: Finding a Doctor
- Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
- New York State Physician Profile
- Gay.com: Directory
- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center3
I especially like GayHealth.com's Ask a Doctor section. Have any more I should look into? For now, I think I'll go check out some recommended doctors and see how that goes. Wish me luck! I even bought a clean pair of tighty-whities2!
1 Not really; but it's all relative, right?
2 Why, C-IN2's Lo.No.Show.Army (with support) of course!
3 Can you believe that this didn't show up on any of my searches?! I only learned about them through friends!