Meals on Wheels is a program that helps feed the elderly and disabled people by providing them with a meal that are delivered to their homes. However, it appears that not everyone is happy with the service.
A California woman is upset about being asked about her sexual orientation and gender, the Sacramento Bee Reported.
Carol Alexander said she was offended by a phone call from Sacramento Country’s Meal on Wheel when they asked questions like “What is your sex,” “Do you still associate with your gender,” and “Are you heterosexual?”
“I was in shock,” she says.” I took offense to that. Why do they ask an 83-year-old this?”
The question is why would you asked anyone these questions. Apparently, it has to do with the state’s LGBT Disparities Reduction Act which took effect in July.
The laws are intended to collect demographic data pertaining to potential inequalities among LGBTQ Californians by requiring meal-delivery services to present sexual and gender minorities survey questions to recipients.
“It is in the best interests of the state to respect, embrace, and understand the full diversity of its residents and to collect accurate data to effectively implement and deliver critical state services and programs,” it states.
A better understanding 0f diversity sounds like a damn good thing to us. Especially as the Trump administration considers narrowing the definition of gender to effectively define trans people out of existence.
David Morikawa, the program director for the area’s Meals on Wheels program, says the questions are totally voluntary and that a recipient’s services won’t be impacted if they chose to opt out of the survey.
“We just want to make sure we’re representing the people that are in our community,” he says.
But Alexander still thinks the whole thing is “stupid.”
“It just blows my mind that they have to do this,” she says. “I’m ticked off!”