Bodies and Barriers (Paperback)

Queer Activists on Health

By Adrian Shanker (Editor), Rachel L. Levine (Foreword by), Kate Kendell (Afterword by)

PM Press, 9781629637846, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2020

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Description

LGBT people pervasively experience health disparities, affecting every part of their bodies and lives. Yet many are still grappling to understand the health care challenges leaving LGBT people to experience worsened health outcomes. Bodies and Barriers informs health care professionals, students in health professions, policymakers, and fellow activists about these challenges, providing insights and a road map for action that could improve queer health. Through artfully articulated, data-informed essays by twenty-six well-known and emerging queer activists—including Alisa Bowman, Jack Harrison-Quintana, Liz Margolies, Robyn Ochs, Sean Strub, Justin Tanis, Ryan Thoreson, Imani Woody, and more—Bodies and Barriers illuminates the ubiquitous health challenges LGBT people experience and challenges conventional wisdom about health care delivery. It probes deeply into the roots of these disparities and empowers activists with crucial information to fight for health equity through clinical, behavioral, and policy changes. The activist contributors in Bodies and Barriers look for tangible improvements, drawing lessons from the history of HIV/AIDS in America and from struggles against health care bias and discrimination.


About the Author

Adrian Shanker is an award-winning activist and organizer whose career has centered on the LGBT community. He has worked as an arts fundraiser, labor organizer, marketing manager, and President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years before founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he is Executive Director.  Rachel L. Levine, MD, is the secretary of health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She is also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Dr. Levine joined Governor Tom Wolf’s administration in January 2015 and became the first transgender person to hold a cabinet position in Pennsylvania. Dr. Levine is also an accomplished regional and international speaker and author on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders, and LGBT medicine. Kate Kendell led the National Center for Lesbian Rights for twenty-two years. NCLR was lead counsel on the California marriage equality case in 2008 and was later part of the team of attorneys to secure national marriage equality in the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges.