Publication Party

What a wonderful group of friends and colleagues, along with their friends and colleagues, who showed up to our publication party this past Thursday night for happy hour at MadameX! We really appreciate all the support from folks who have been buying the book and showing up in other ways. We can’t wait to get on the road to California next weekend to read and speak in San Francisco and Los Angeles with our West Coast contributors.


Book Launch

We had a great turnout at NYC’s LGBTQ Center’s Second Tuesday Lecture Series for our book launch. We were joined on stage by four fabulous local contributors. After a brief discussion and readings from our respective pieces, there was a very lively Q&A. Great questions, folks!


(L to R) Calvin Rey Moen, Christian Huygen, PhD, Teresa Theophano, LCSW, Stephanie Schroeder, Donald V. Brown, Jr, and Nikkiesha N. McLeod.


Our first review is in…and it’s fantastic!



“Editors Schroeder (Beautiful Wreck) and social worker Theophano consider the word headcase to be a reclamation, acknowledging the challenge of being a sexual minority in a heterosexually centric world. Few books can make the claim of being unique, but this is one of them. The book is unusual in that it’s an anthology of many forms of writing, from academic analysis and letters to personal essays and illustrations. Pieces from LGBTQ contributors touch on topics such as gay-affirmative therapy, which was unknown a few decades ago, as well as the now condemned conversion therapy. Importantly, there are new definitions of what it means to be mentally ill. 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 by opening a space for dialog among communities that have often been at odds with one another. VERDICT: This terrific and essential work will benefit all readers, especially therapists and anyone concerned with the mental health of sexual minorities as fellow human travelers.” ⭐️Starred Review

Headcase events in 2019!

We are so excited to announce the following upcoming events in connection with the publication of Headcase, which is slated for February 1, 2019. You can pre-order a copy directly from the publisher here.


NYC launch event: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7 pm, at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. Please join us for a reading and panel presentation with Q&A at the Second Tuesday Lecture Series. Books will be available for sale and signing. Teresa and Stephanie will be present along with anthology contributors Donald Brown, Dr. Christian Huygen, Nikkiesha McLeod, and Calvin Rey Moen. (The LGBT Center suggests a donation of $10 for this event, although all donations are voluntary and any amount is appreciated. All are welcome and no one is ever turned away because they can’t afford to pay.)

NYC publication party and signing: February 21, 2019, 6 pm, at Madame X Lounge in the Village. Cash bar. Happy hour til 9 pm! Books will be available for sale.

San Francisco: Reading and panel presentation with Teresa, Stephanie, and selected contributors at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center of the San Francisco Public Library on Tuesday, March 5, 6 to 7:30 pm. Books will be available for sale. Signing to follow. Free and open to the public.

Los Angeles: Stephanie and Teresa will present a reading, discussion, Q&A, and book signing at Occidental College on Thursday, March 7th at 6 pm.

Los Angeles: Reading and panel discussion with Teresa, Stephanie, and contributors Bill Konigsberg and Thomas Mondragon at Skylight Books on Sunday, March 10th at 5 pm. Signing to follow.

Philadelphia: Panel discussion with Q&A at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia with Stephanie and Teresa along with contributors Donald Brown and Dr. Christian Huygen. Followed by book signing and reception. Thursday, March 21st, 6 to 8 pm. General admission tickets are $10; purchase yours here.

NYC: Saturday, April 13th from 5 to 10 pm at Dyke Nite, presented by Dyke Bar Takeover at Friends and Lovers in Brooklyn. Teresa and Stephanie will present briefly and will table throughout the evening with books available for sale and signing. Queer, transgender, and nonbinary performers featured. $10 at the door; all proceeds donated to an LGBTQ organization.

NYC: Thursday, April 18th from 7 to 9 pm at Bluestockings, the Lower East Side’s radical bookstore, cafe, and activist center. Teresa and Stephanie, along with selected local contributors, will present a reading and Q&A followed by signing.

NYC: Friday, April 26th, 7 pm, at the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division at Manhattan’s LGBT Center. Teresa and Stephanie will participate in a panel discussion and reading alongside Esther Rapoport, author of From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real. Signing to follow.

Stay tuned for more event information!

HEADCASE Release Date

Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness will be released in February 1, 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.