“Adrian’s passion for equity and access in healthcare is clearly evident in his lectures and speaking engagements. Through his interaction with our staff and various communities, Adrian reinforced and affirmed our dedication to serving individuals from diverse genders and sexualities, and through those interactions, created intentional and human centric ways of moving this work forward. We are grateful for his work supporting our campus advocates, clinicians, and all those serving our larger community.” – Brian J. Patchcoski, Director, LGBTQA Student Resource Center, The Pennsylvania State University


Adrian Shanker is available for book talks, lectures, grand rounds, and moderated panel discussions with chapter authors anywhere in the USA or Canada.

Intended audiences:

  • Health professionals
  • Graduate and undergraduate students in health professions, public health, public policy, and women’s and gender studies and related disciplines.
  • LGBT activists and student leaders
  • Healthcare activists
  • Health insurance companies
  • Policy makers

For Information and Booking

Upcoming Events

March 10, 2020: Bethlehem, PA, Book Signing in the Innovation Alley at TEDx Lehigh River, (6:00pm-9:00pm – PBS39 – open to the public, tickets required)

March 19, 2020: Charlotte, NC, A Conversation About LGBT Health Equity with Rodney Tucker (executive director of Time Out Youth) and Adrian Shanker (editor of Bodies and Barriers), Park Road Books, 7pm – open to the public

March 24, 2020: Allentown, PA, Book Talk and Signing at Cedar Crest College (5:00-6:30pm, TCC Conference Center – open to the public)

March 27, 2020: Hershey, PA, Workshop and Book Signing at The Keystone Conference: A Celebration of Gender Diversity, with Preston Heldlibridle (10:30am-12pm, Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel- open to conference attendees only)

March 28, 2020: Bethlehem, PA, Panelist at Lehigh Valley Book Fest, (10:00am-4:00pm – exact time TBC, Bethlehem Area Public Library – Main Branch – open to the public)

April 14, 2020: Lancaster, PA, Workshop Presentation and book signing at 2020 Pennsylvania Community and Public Health Conference (conference attendees only)

April 14, 2020: Reading, PA, Book talk and signing at The LGBT Center of Greater Reading (6pm, open to the public)

April 22, 2020: Allentown, PA, Guest Lecture, undergraduate Health Psychology course, Muhlenberg College (enrolled students only)

April 24, 2020: Manhattan, NY, Workshop Presentation at LGBT Health Workforce Conference, with Liz Bradbury and Liz Margolies (conference attendees only)

May 17, 2020: Macungie, PA, Featured Speaker and Book Signing at East Penn Democratic Club Meeting, (1:30pm-3:00pm), Macungie Institute – open to the public)

June 3, 2020: Erie, PA, Healthcare Consumer Panel: Barriers to Care for the LGBT Patient Population (with Kat Carrick, Sean Strub, and Justin Tanis, moderated by Adrian Shanker) Pennsylvania LGBT Health Conference (conference attendees only)

Past Events

January 17, 2020: Dallas, TX, Creating Change Conference

January 17, 2020: Dallas, TX, Deep Vellum Books

January 19, 2020: Washington D.C., The Potter’s House

January 21, 2020: San Francisco, CA, Manny’s

January 22, 2020: Oakland, CA, East Bay Booksellers

January 25, 2020: Bethlehem, PA, Bethlehem Area Public Library

January 30, 2020: Milford, PA, Hotel Fauchére with TriVersity LGBT Community Center

February 1, 2020: Easton, PA, LVAIC LGBTQ+ Student Leadership Symposium, Lafayette College

February 24, 2020: York, PA, at Rainbow Rose LGBT Community Center

February 25, 2020: Bethlehem, PA, Northampton Community College