And for minoritized physicians, the pressure to be “perfect” is even higher; they aren’t allowed to be less than perfect. If I don’t put on the performance, if I am not perfect, I know precisely what will happen. My masks are there to guard against another pandemic: racism and homophobia. I wear them so I won’t be perceived as a threat to the system based on facts of my birth. So as I head to work, I cycle self-protectively and almost lovingly through my masks.