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Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness
Schroeder, Stephanie and Teresa Theophano (Eds)
Oxford University Press / Hardcover / 2019-02-01 / 0190846593
Same Sex Issues / Consumer/Survivor
price: $36.95
320 pages
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Headcase is a groundbreaking collection of personal reflections and artistic representations illustrating the intersection of mental wellness, illness, and LGBTQ identity, as well as the lasting impact of historical views equating queer and trans identity with mental illness. The pieces offer personal views from both providers and clients, often one and the same, about their experiences. In the anthology, readers will access the inner thoughts of an array of individuals, including: a therapist with dual status who also happens to be transgender and practicing in the Midwest; a lesbian writer and psychotherapist recounting her mother's experience with forced institutionalization, shock therapy, and "conversion therapy" in the 1950s; a queer illustrator presenting unique glyph illustrations that represent a panoply of identity-related questions and answers; an award-winning gay male writer discussing his struggle with depression publicly for the first time; and a trans activist of color writing about surviving madness in the inner city and how his community of mental health and social justice youth activists help each other thrive. Several contributors also document the difficulty of navigating flawed health care systems that limit affordable access to genuinely affirming, effective services.

Cultural norms and barriers to accessibility have an enormous impact on the quality of care available to LGBTQ communities. Traversing boundaries of race and ethnic identity, age, gender identity, and socioeconomic status, Headcase should appeal to LGBTQ communities and, specifically, LGBTQ mental health consumers and their friends, families, and comrades.

Table of Contents:

Foreword
Kai Cheng Thom
Introduction
Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano

Part I: Conversations About Mental Health and Wellness

1. Falling Between the Cracks of Queer and Black
Tanisha Neely
2. Queer Affirmative Therapy
Arlene Istar Lev
3. Not All Wounds Are Visible
Louisa Hammond
4. Border/ lines
Juan Antonio Trujillo
5. Sa Kanyang Sariling Mga Salita: Health, Identity, and Articulations of Self
Donald V. Brown, Jr., with Fidelindo A. Lim
6. Trust Me, I'm a Doctor
Lynn Breedlove
7. LGBTQ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues: A Provider's Journey
Joseph Ruggiero
8. The Bone Crushing
Bill Konigsberg

Part II: Stories of Survival

9. In Chiron's Footsteps
Paula J. Williams
10. Not Our Fault
Chana Wilson
11. Figuring It Out Together: Mental Health Survival Strategies from Detroit's Queer and Trans Youth of Color
Lance Hicks
12. Sisyphus (or: Rocks Fall and Everyone Dies)
J. R. Sullivan Voss
13. The Family Legacy Ends Here
Teresa Theophano
14. Roll the Dice
Michael Brown
15. Jesus and the Closets
Sara Zaanti
16. The Lived Experience of LGBT Veterans: Finding Support Within the VA Healthcare System
Kathryn Wagner

Part III: Encounters of the Mad Kind

17. Psychiatry
Kate Millett
18. Surviving Science, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Mad and Queer
Calvin Rey Moen
19. Knowing Reynolds
Lucy Winer
20. On a Subway Platform, a Life Flashes- Here, Gone
Antoine B. Craigwell
21. This Work Is About Digested Socks
Gabrielle Jordan Stein
22. Taming My Inner Fundamentalist
Kelly Barth
23. Fix Me Please: I'm Gay!
Guy Albert
24. Crowdsourcing My Antipsychotic
Stephanie Schroeder

Part IV: Pushing Boundaries

25. On Listening to Clients, or Why Do Providers Sometimes Have a Hard Time Hearing What Recipients of Care Have to Say?
Christian Huygen
26. Problem Glyphs
Eliza Gauger
27. Erasure
Gabriella M. Belfiglio
28. Informed Consent
Asher J. Wickell
29. Bad Penny
J. M. Ellison
30. Liberating The Big Pink Elephant in the Therapy Room
Thomas Mondragon
31. GLEAM
Nikkiesha N. McLeod

Part V: The Poetics of Mental Health and Wellness

32. Outlier: The Agoraphobia Fragments
Kevin Shaw
33. Were You Confused as a Child?
Stephen Mead
34. Pleasure- Based Parenting
Crista Anne
35. Doctor Anonymous: A Play, and a Lesson in Medical Ethics
Guy Fredrick Glass
36. Jekyll's Lover
James Penha
37. Feathers
Benjamin Klas

Resources
Index

About the Editors:

Stephanie Schroeder, JD, is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been anthologized in: That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull Press, 2008); Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press, 2012); and Easy to Love but Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories (DRT Press, 2014). Schroeder is a part-time peer advocate and the author of the memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide (Creative Evolution, 2012).

Teresa Theophano, LMSW, is a freelance writer/editor and full-time social worker working with LGBTQ older adults in New York City. The volume editor of Queer Quotes (Beacon Press, 2004) and contributor to numerous anthologies and websites including xoJane.com and glbtq.com, Theophano has been involved in mental health advocacy and LGBTQ movement building for years. She is the co-founder of the NYC Queer Mental Health Initiative (QMHI), a peer-based support network based in Brooklyn, and is at work on a co-written volume about queer suicide prevention and postvention.

Contributors:

Guy Albert
Crista Anne
Kelly Barth
Gabriella M. Belfiglio
Lynn Breedlove
Michael Brown
Donald V. Brown, Jr.
Kai Cheng Thom
Antoine B. Craigwell (AntoineB)
J.M. Ellison
Eliza Gauger
Guy Fredrick Glass
Louisa Hammond
Lance Hicks
Christian Huygen
Arlene Istar Lev
Gabrielle Jordan Stein
Benjamin Klas
Bill Konigsberg
Fidelindo A. Lim
Nikkiesha N. McLeod
Stephen Mead
Kate Millett
Calvin Rey Moen
Thomas Mondragon
Tanisha Neely
James Penha
Joseph Ruggiero
Stephanie Schroeder
Kevin Shaw
Teresa Theophano
Juan Antonio (Tony) Trujillo
Sullivan Voss
Kathryn Wagner
Ash Wickell
Paula J. Williams
Chana Wilson
Lucy Winer
Charlie Zaanti

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