Copyedited Proofs

We reviewed, edited and submitted the copyedited proofs for HEADCASE this week! Now, the book goes into production. Nervous and excited, both!


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Book Cover

Below is our amazing cover, with artwork by Erin Smith ( and design by Brady McNamara.


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HEADCASE Release Date

HEADCASE: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness will be released in February 2019 by Oxford University Press.

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.

Check out all the details in the Oxford University Press catalog:

Moving Forward


Editors Teresa Theophano, LMSW (left) and Stephanie Schroeder, JD

HEADCASE: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness is an anthology comprised of nearly 40 pieces: essays, poems, illustrations, photographs and other expressive mediums by writers/artists both established and new, exploring the themes of mental health, mental illness, and experiences of the mental health care systems by members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

Not surprisingly, LGBTQ people have historically been pathologized on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity alone. Few traditional mental health programs and treatment modalities sensitive to and designed to meet the needs of LGBTQ psychiatrically disordered people exist. And not enough of our stories have been brought to light—not even to the LGBTQ community at large.

The anthology includes stories from a broad cross-section of the LGBTQ community, across boundaries of race, age, socioeconomic status, and ethnic identity. It is critical to examine the intersections among forms of oppression in framing issues of mental health and approaches to wellness.

Published by Oxford University Press, forthcoming in February 2019.

Publishing contract for HEADCASE secured!


We have secured a publishing contract with Oxford University Press USA. We will be working with our editor at OUP to get the book published. We need to gather contributor agreements, edit each individual contribution, and meet all requirements for the submission of our final manuscript and ancillary materials by March 2018.

The projected publication date is late 2018 or early 2019. We believe HEADCASE will be groundbreaking in content and presentation and will generate many useful conversations both within LGBTQ communities and in others quarters as well (and lots of press coverage, too).

If you have questions, comments, want to write about HEADCASE, or otherwise get in touch with us, please email us at headcasesubmissions [at] gmail [dot]com.

Thanks for all the support from the many and various corners throughout the past two+ years and in the next year as well.

In Solidarity,

Teresa Theophano, LMSW and Stephanie Schroeder, JD, Editors