SHARMAN, Zena




Author Tags: Health, Sex

Zena Sharman has edited a "moving and incendiary" LGBTQ anthology, The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care (Arsenal 2016), to present diverse, true stories from queer and trans people about their health-care experiences and challenges. From gay men with HIV recalling systemic resistance and to a lesbian couple dealing with the experience of cancer, to young trans people who struggle to find health-care providers who treat them with dignity and respect, the stories and essays (from health-care providers and activists) explore and examine the challenges and politics of LGBTQ health issues in the shadow of the new post-truth Trump era. Contributors include Amber Dawn, Sinclair Sexsmith, Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Kara Sievewright and Vivek Shraya.

Zena Sharman co-chairs the board of the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, a holistic health care centre for transgender and gender-diverse communities, located on Kingsway in Vancouver. She served on the board of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health from 2013-2015. For seven years she was the Assistant Director of Canada’s national gender and health research funding institute.

With a Ph.D in interdisciplinary studies from UBC, previously Zena Sharman co-edited the Lambda Literary award-nominated anthology, Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011), and she's presented on gender, sexuality, and health to audiences across North America. She has also been a cabaret host, a go-go dancer for a queer punk band and a campus radio DJ. Half of her royalties from The Remedy will go to Indigenous-led organizations. $18.95 9781551526584

BOOKS:

Co-editor. Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011)

Editor. The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care (Arsenal Pulp 2016) $18.95 978-1-55152-658-4

[photo by Sarah Race]

[BCBW 2016]