Feeling like an outsider is never a pleasant experience. For some people and groups, exclusion is a part of everyday life. Being of a certain race, class, or gender (among others) gives us strength in identity, but also assigns us to a position in the social hierarchy. As a white man, I'm privileged to not belong to a "visible minority".
However, I am a member of a non-visible minority – I self-identify as a gay male. I am also a member of one of the most respected professions in the world.
This juxtaposition sometimes hits me when I think about the future. Will I be respected for my profession? Or will I be stigmatized and discriminated against by patients and colleagues alike for my minority status? ...continue reading