Interview in The Advocate

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A friend of mine — let’s call her Pam — has chronic depression. She’s lost her insurance five times in the last 18 months, in large part because her insurance premiums are too expensive for her monthly budget. So she’s turned to other queers online to find — and crowdfunding to afford — the medication that helps her manage her work and family commitments without teetering on the brink of suicidal ideation every day. My friend is just one of the many LGBTQ folks navigating a flawed health care system and their own economic insecurity while dealing with mental health issues. In Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness,editors Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano have assembled a groundbreaking collection of works by folks like Pam who are at the intersection of mental wellness, mental illness, and LGBTQ identity.

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