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“Finding adequate health care is often a struggle for LGBTQ people. Through sharing the experiences of 26 queer activists, “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health” sheds light on these struggles and offers a road map for health equity.”

NBC News

“Informative essays bring a contagious anger and passion to bear on the subject. On-the-ground activists and health care professionals will be well served by this recommended anthology.”

Library Journal

“This collection of data-informed essays by queer activists illustrates pertinent healthcare topics and challenges in care, and provides readers with the information they need to demand health equity through a variety of systemic changes.”

Jamie Herndon, Book Riot

“This book is comprehensive and relevant for these scary times we are living through”

Gay City News

The essays gathered are carefully researched, and provide both insights and solutions for how to make our healthcare system more accessible for queer people.

Leah Rachel von Essen, Book Riot

Bodies and Barriers is an important collection that shares largely unheard voices and stories from the community. It should motivate LGBTQ folks to take their health care more seriously — and demand professionalism from the medical community. It is a valuable addition to the literature.”

Gary Kramer, Philadelphia Gay News

“a road map for action to improve LGBT healthcare for students and professionals, policymakers, and activists.”

Frank Pizzoli, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide

“Read Bodies and Barriers so you can go to your next doctor’s appointment equipped to tell your doctor about the kind of health care you really need.”

OutSmart Magazine (Houston, TX)

“[a] book that should be on the desk of every activist, LGBTQ community member, and ally.”

Out in Jersey (New Jersey)

“Queer folk have long been aware of the disparities and challenges in securing adequate healthcare. Whether you’re fighting for your life in a doctor’s office, an emergency room, or a state legislature, this book is an invaluable resource.”

Ambush Magazine (New Orleans, LA)

Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health is a compelling new book that recounts the experiences of LGBTQ people as they navigate the healthcare landscape.”

Letters from CAMP Rehoboth (Rehoboth, DE)

“There are few topics that aren’t included in the new anthology book Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health.”

David-Elijah Nahmod, Bay Area Reporter

“Adrian Shanker and the contributing authors highlight the need for clinicians to up their game when it comes to caring for sexual and gender minority people in their practices. Bodies and Barriers serves as a guide with concrete suggestions for developing knowledge, awareness, and skills to provide holistic care for LGBT people from the cradle to the grave. This book is a gem in that it centers LGBT people’s voices telling providers exactly how they want to be treated. It’s time providers listen to and act on these recommendations.” 

Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, PhD, Coeditor of Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

“Now, more than ever, we need Bodies and Barriers to shine a spotlight on how and why good healthcare for LGBTQ people and our families is such a challenge. Bodies and Barriers provides a roadmap for all who are ready to fight for health equity — in the doctor’s office, in the halls of government, or in the streets.”

Rea Carey, former Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

“These patient and caregiver experiences ring so loudly in today’s environment, when we have compelling evidence of a need for widespread practice change, yet the medical establishment remains slow to respond to the calls from those patients and their caregivers who are asking so boldly – and rightfully – for those changes. Bodies and Barriers is a call to action for learners at all levels, in all health fields, to start now, creating a future where health equity is the norm, and no one is denied the opportunity to thrive.”

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, President, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality 

“Shanker paints a fascinating picture that outlines the work activists still have to do to ensure health equity for everyone in the LGBT community.”

Rex Fuller, CEO, The Center on Colfax

Bodies and Barriers helps LGBT community members understand the way people in the U.S. health services market erect barriers to anyone who is not the source of easy and immediate profit, and helps us all confront and break down these barriers. It helps families of LGBT people understand these obstacles and options for getting around them. And it helps health professionals hear the voices of all their patients, so that we learn to listen, and learn how to care for everyone.” 

Michael Fine, MD, former director, Rhode Island Department of Health and author of Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy – All at the Same Time

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 

“In Bodies and Barriers, Adrian Shanker makes the case for culturally-responsive care that meets the needs of the LGBT community. Through compelling essays by LGBT health care consumers, this book enables nurses, and all health care professionals, to understand the challenges of LGBT clients, families, and communities — and is a call to action for everyone involved in patient care to truly listen and learn.”

Sarah Hexem Hubbard, Esq., Executive Director, National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

Bodies and Barriers is a must read for mental health clinicians who are providing care to LGBT community members. This book has depth, spirit, and a breadth of information that can transform LGBT healthcare.”

Sharon Esther Papo, LCSW, Executive Director, Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County

“editor Adrian Shanker offers a chorus of voices that display a variety of viewpoints and frustrations that could perhaps ultimately teach healthcare workers a thing or two.”

South Florida Gay News

“Ever been in a healthcare setting and felt afraid to be honest? Ever felt invisible? Judged negatively because of who you love? The new anthology Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health, edited by Adrian Shanker, is for you.”

The Central Voice (Harrisburg, PA)

“The first book of the new decade that is a must-have.”

New York Q News

“Be forearmed with information and beware. Know how to demand from your doctor that which you need, and don’t leave without it. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and read “Bodies and Barriers.” Having this book feels pretty good.”

Q Notes (Charlotte, NC)

“A collection that will be validating to many queer readers and helpful and thought-provoking for all health care professionals.”

Out In Print Queer Book Reviews

“This is a powerful, well-written and important book, not only for the LGBT community, but for all people who wish to be informed and assist in change. Highly recommended.”

San Francisco Review of Books

“One thing is for certain: “Bodies and Barriers” is timely – not because COVID-19 treatment is based on sexuality but because other maladies that may arise are, and since healthcare is on your mind anyhow, this book is invaluable.”

Q Salt Lake (Salt Lake City, Utah)

“An LGBTQ reader will find comfort, camaraderie, and a way to speak up.”

The Meridian Star (Lauderdale County, MS)