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Queer, trans & incendiary

November 17th, 2016

sharman-zena-book-jacketEditor Zena Sharman’s “moving and incendiary” LGBTQ anthology, The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care (Arsenal 2016) has won the Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBT Anthologies at a ceremony in New York on June 12, 2017.

This anthology presents diverse, true stories from queer and trans people about their health-care experiences and challenges. From gay men with HIV recalling systemic resistance, to a lesbian couple dealing with the experience of cancer, and 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 (more tinclude 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.


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