Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health

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. Bodies and Barriers informs healthcare professionals, students in health professions, policy makers, and fellow activists about these challenges, providing insights and a roadmap for action that could improve queer health.

Bodies and Barriers is the first book written by LGBT healthcare consumers to inform the healthcare system and make it work more equitably for all of us. The book is structured chronologically to take the reader on a journey through the major stages of life for LGBT people. 

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 throughout their lives. The 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.