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The Care We Dream Of: Zena Sharman interviewed by Xtra

The Care We Dream Of: Zena Sharman interviewed by Xtra

By Arsenal Pulp Date: November 22, 2021 Tags: Zena Sharman, The Care We Dream Of

Xtra interviews Lambda Literary Award winner Zena Sharman about her new book The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health.

The Care We Dream Of, the follow-up to Zena's anthology The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care, is a book in which Zena and a number of contributors challenge readers to think differently about LGBTQ+ health and ask what it would look like if our health care were rooted in a commitment to the flourishing and liberation of all LGBTQ+ people. Zena is joined by such collaborators as Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Kai Cheng Thom, jaye simpson, Jillian Christmas, Joshua Wales, and many more.

From the interview with Xtra: "One of the things The Care We Dream Of tries to do is dig into this idea that the healthcare system [in Canada] isn’t broken -  it’s working as designed. I wanted to be in a space of curiosity and interrogation about the logic at the core of most health systems, whether public or private. They so often are not designed to meet the needs of people who deviate from an incredibly narrow ideal of what a 'healthy' person should look like. That means that health care can often become systems of conformity or social control. And as far too many queer trans people know, a site of violence and harm."

You can read the interview here.