The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health

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Author: Sharman Zena

Package Dimensions: 26x228x510

Number Of Pages: 272

Release Date: 26-10-2021

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What if you could trust in getting the health care you need in ways that felt good and helped you thrive? What if the health system honored and valued queer and trans people’s lives, bodies and expertise? What if LGBTQ+ communities led and organized our own health care as a form of mutual aid? What if every aspect of our health care was rooted in a commitment to our healing, pleasure and liberation?
LGBTQ+ health care doesn’t look like this today, but it could. This is the care we dream of.
Through a series of essays (by the author and others) and interviews, this book by the editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology
The Remedy offers possibilities—grounded in historical examples, present-day experiments, and dreams of the future – for more liberatory and transformative approaches to LGBTQ+ health and healing. It challenges readers to think differently about LGBTQ+ health and asks what it would look if our health care was rooted in a commitment to the flourishing and liberation of all LGBTQ+ people. This book is a calling out, a calling in and a call to action. It is a spell of healing and transformation, rooted in love.


The Care We Dream Of instills the reminder that queers do, in fact, deserve better health care and are worthy of wholeness – an audacious and galvanizing guide for us to reclaim and reimagine our well beings. -Vivek Shraya, author of Death Threat and I’m Afraid of Men

The Care We Dream Of conjures a bouquet of defiant, brilliant pieces that are provocative and profound, perverse and poignant. There’s a powerful alchemy at play here that gave me glimpses of a tantalizing future where my friends, my loves, my chosen family, and myself get the lush, thriving care we deserve. I adore this urgent, unfettered book. -Hazel Jane Plante, author of Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)

I feel a kinship with everyone whose most relevant health care information comes, not from doctors, but through word-of-mouth. What I’ve learned about my diagnosis, medications and ongoing wellness, I’ve learned by talking with other disabled and ill queer and trans friends. The Care We Dream Of is like one of these vital conversations. Accessible and justice-minded health information is offered throughout these pages, most assuredly. There’s also humour, front-line wisdom, hot takes, hard-earned truths, dreams and possibilities, and a lot of love. -Amber Dawn, author of How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir and Sodom Road Exit

The Care We Dream Of is a rare thing: it weaves a beautiful account of what queer and trans flourishing might look like with a deeply pragmatic roadmap for how we might get there. Drawing on the wisdom of queer and feminist elders, doulas, harm reductionists, sex workers, femme geniuses, crip radicals, and intersex and trans activists, Sharman completely recalibrates our sense of what vibrant futures are possible when we divest from structures that perpetuate harm and dare to commit to an interdependent future where we live well, get old, and die surrounded by beloved community. This book provides a visionary blueprint for how we arrive at the multiple, collaborative, sexy, and radically just futures we deserve. -Hil Malatino, author of Trans Care and Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience

About the Author

Zena Sharman is a writer, speaker, strategist and LGBTQ+ health advocate. She’s the editor of two books, including the Lambda Literary award-winning anthology
The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care. An engaging speaker, Zena brings her passion for LGBTQ+ health to audiences of health care providers and students across North America.