2021 Non-Fiction Finalist – Golden Crown Literary Society
“Comprehensive and relevant” – Gay City News
“A roadmap for action” – Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide
“On-the-ground activists and health care professionals will be well served by this recommended anthology.” – Library Journal
“Bodies and Barriers is truly a must-read for anyone working in medical care, social services, or public health. This book brings us closer to the goal of patient-centered care, not only for LGBT communities, but for everyone.” – Kristen Emory, PhD, Director and Advisor, Undergraduate Program at San Diego State University School of Public Health
“A valuable addition to the literature” – Philadelphia Gay News
About the Book:
LGBT people pervasively experience health disparities, affecting every part of their bodies and lives. Yet many are still grappling to understand the mutually reinforcing healthcare challenges that lead LGBT people to experience worsened health outcomes. Named by Book Riot as one of the “six best books addressing healthcare system inequities“, one of “ten impactful books about public health“, and one of the top “11 books addressing bias against women in healthcare and medicine,” Bodies and Barriers informs healthcare professionals, students in health professions, policy makers, and fellow activists about barriers to care and challenging healthcare experiences of LGBT people, providing insights and a roadmap for action that could improve queer health.
This critically-acclaimed book challenges conventional wisdom about healthcare delivery. It probes deeply into the roots of the health disparities and worsened health outcomes experienced by LGBT consumers of healthcare, and it 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 — their stories are lessons learned for caring healthcare professionals, sympathetic policy makers, and motivated activists drawing lessons from the history of HIV/AIDS in America and from struggles against healthcare bias and discrimination. At a galvanizing moment in time when LGBT people have experienced great strides in lived equality, but our health as a community still lags, here is an indispensable blueprint for change by some of the most passionate and important health activists in the LGBT movement today.
PM Press, 2020
- Chris Bartlett
- Liz Bradbury
- Alisa Bowman
- Dr. Kat Carrick
- Anthony Crisci
- Dr. Katharine Dalke
- Jack Harrison-Quintana
- Preston Heldibridle
- Laura Jacobs
- Arin Jayes
- Kate Kendell
- Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD
- Kate Luxion
- Dr. Ntlotleng Mabena
- Liz Margolies
- Robyn Ochs
- Emmett Patterson
- Atticus Ranck
- Dr. Scout
- Adrian Shanker
- Annemarie Shankweiler
- Sean Strub
- Rev. Justin Tanis
- Ryan Thoreson
- Tyler Titus
- Dr. Imani Woody
plus section header illustrations by Jacinta Bunnell
Excerpts, Reviews, Interviews:
Bodies and Barriers received critical acclaim from numerous reviewers. Read reviews in Library Journal, Out in Jersey, Philadelphia Gay News, South Florida Gay News, Ambush Magazine (New Orleans), and Bay Area Reporter.
Bodies and Barriers has been featured in numerous print, radio, and podcast interviews, including in Gay City News, Out Front Magazine (Denver), Bear World Magazine, Healing Magazine, Queer MEDucation Podcast, Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, At the Core of Care Podcast, Queer Diagnosis Podcast, Transcaster Radio, The New Masculine Podcast, and Preference on KBOOfm Portland, among others.
Teach The Book:
For Academic Coursework: Bodies and Barriers is designed to fit a syllabus. Essays are arranged chronologically to demonstrate a natural trajectory of LGBT people’s lives throughout a semester-long course. Bodies and Barriers is a data-informed book with strong sourcing and is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate coursework for students in health professions, public health, public policy, and women’s and gender studies and related disciplines. If you are considering Bodies and Barriers for your course, request a desk copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Reading & Discussion Groups or Staff Trainings: Bodies and Barriers is the perfect book to utilize for reading and discussion groups, or for staff training for healthcare and public health workers. Bulk purchase discounts may be requested by emailing email@example.com, depending on the quantity requested. A free Bodies and Barriers discussion guide is also available for download for reading or discussion groups. The discussion guide includes critical analysis discussion prompts for each chapter to support the facilitation of group discussions about the book.
Purchase the Book:
Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health is available for purchase through any in-person or online bookseller. Please support your local independent bookstore by purchasing the book through them, or if purchasing online, Bookshop.org, IndieBound, or through the publisher directly at PM Press.
For wholesale or bulk copies of the book at a discount, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image description: the book cover of Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health, a grey cover with black speckles and a rainbow of people from an infant to an older adult. The book is presented in ebook on a tablet and phone, and also in print. The logo for “Goldie Finalist” from Golden Crown Literary Society” is in the top center.