Winner, Lambda Literary Award (LGBT Anthology)
The Remedy invites writers and readers to imagine what we need to create healthy, resilient, and thriving LGBTQ communities. This anthology is a diverse collection of real-life stories from queer and trans people on their own health-care experiences and challenges, from gay men living with HIV who remember the systemic resistance to their health-care needs, to a lesbian couple dealing with the experience of cancer, to young trans people who struggle to find health-care providers who treat them with dignity and respect. The book also includes essays by health-care providers, activists and leaders with something to say about the challenges, politics, and opportunities surrounding LGBTQ health issues.
Both exceptionally moving and an incendiary call-to-arms, The Remedy is a must-read for anyone—gay, straight, trans, and otherwise—passionately concerned about the right to proper health care for all.
Contributors include Amber Dawn, Sinclair Sexsmith, Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Kara Sievewright, and Kelli Dunham.
Zena Sharman is a passionate advocate for queer and trans health. She has over a decade's experience in health research; currently she is Director of Strategy at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Zena is also co-editor of Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
This anthology on health care for queer and transgender people is as much an archive of experience as it is a call to action. Contributors from Canada and the U.S. write mostly from a patient perspective, though some contributors are health professionals. Sharman, a health researcher and advocate who co-edited the literary anthology Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, includes a variety of demographics under the queer and trans umbrella: one author offers advice to health care providers for bisexual patients, and another writes on his experience as a Black intersex man. The writers examine a variety of health issues and conditions, including reproductive health, drug use, and cancer. Interspersed throughout are "Innovation Profiles," each featuring a community-focused project or service that is an inspiring example of improving health care. This highly accessible anthology looks not only at the problems but also as the title suggests at remedies. It's a must-read for health care professionals and students going into the field, those navigating the system or supporting others through it, and anyone interested in honest, informed writing on the subject.