*Author Talk - Headcase:

LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health
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    Join Editors Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano for a conversation with local contributing authors: Lynn Breedlove, Guy Albert, and Chana Wilson, who will read from their new book, Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness.

The pieces offer personal views from both providers and clients, often one and the same, about their experiences.

“Few books can make the claim of being unique, but this is one of them ...the editors intend to start a conversation among LGBTQ people and the therapy community about topics that are usually hidden or ignored. In this goal, they succeed admirably...This terrific and essential work will benefit all readers.”— Library Journal, starred review

The anthology presents a range of experiences 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.

Books will be available for purchase.

Cover image for the book Headcase

Stephanie SchroederStephanie 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 Teresa headshotworker working with LGBT older adults in New York City. The author of Queer Quotes (Beacon Press, 2004) and a 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.

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