Life Stories of Transgender Men that Change How Health Providers Work
Marcus Greatheart MD MSW
Published by Ethica Press, Toronto, 2013.
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[A] welcome addition to the literature on transgender medical care... I recommend Greatheart’s Transforming Practice to everyone who is interested in transgender health care but clinicians in active practice will especially benefit from it.
-CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL
The first book of its kind for health providers working with transgender men.
Transforming Practice is an exploration of life satisfaction, health and wellness among transgender men, as told in their own words.
While many focus on what is wrong with trans people, trans-ally Marcus Greatheart asked satisfied, post-transition trans men what worked well in order that health providers might better support those questioning or struggling with gender transition.
Grounded in a strengths-based model, he explores the contexts and implications of both social and medical transition in the lives of trans guys from the US and Canada. They discuss how peers and service providers alike perpetuate a “negative transition story” that falsely assumes all trans men struggle with mental health problems, life-long gender dysphoria, and endure endless healthcare waitlists to conform with normative gender standards to eventually become heterosexual.
Despite these challenges the men describe having positive, even enjoyable, transition experiences while demonstrating resilience and self-efficacy.
Coping strategies and impacts on mental health and substance use are discussed, as well as implications for mental health practice.
Greatheart also proposes a new assessment tool for health providers to assist trans clients unpack and process potential transgender-related stress and trauma.
For more information, excerpts and bonus material from the book, visit the book's website at www.transformingpractice.net
Annals of Gay Sexuality:
The Contemporary HIV Zeitgeist
Robert Birch & Marcus Greatheart Editors
Pan Art Director
Published by Ethica Press, Toronto, 2015.
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A sexy and savvy anthology exploring the shifts in gay men's erotic lives in light of recent advances in HIV treatment.
This transcendent, revolutionary work explored this complex zeitgeist in the HIV/AIDS narrative using prose, narrative, image and illustration to describe a moment in time, the mid twenty-teens for which there were and still are yet few words. Queer men's erotic lives will never be the same.
Over the past year or more, the gay guys we know, love and fuck are having sex differently, particularly in relation to HIV. For more than three decades the virus has injected itself into the sexual congress of gay men. In 2015, our resistance to and acceptance of this disease has reached new levels of generational and cultural discord.
Between these covers you’ll find a cocksure, uninhibited exploration of how gay men today are screwing with HIV/AIDS in light of recent medical advances like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Treatment as Prevention (TasP). The Contemporary HIV Zeitgeist delves into the visceral, often transgressive, realities of how we so-called men who have sex with men (MSM) navigate sex with each other and our ever-present bloodborne lover.
This volume marks the virgin edition of the Annals of Gay Sexuality (AGS), an interdisciplinary journal of incendiary stories and visual art for people who get hot and bothered about gay men, the ways we love and lust, hurt and heal. AGS uses the Arts as a new methodology to research emergent ideas and subjective experiences in gay male communities that have, until now, not yet been described in the research literature.
AGS contributors expose the present-day tastes, textures, sights and smells of our sex, from the mating rituals at a group sex potluck to sexting between cis- and transgender bears; from mile-high club poetry about Patient Zero to pillow talk between friends who are untangling sero-discordant envies. Both heart-breaking and hair-raising, these authors and artists whip it out and make us gag on our HIV-saturated gay lives and in the process evoke frothy new cultural and sexual paradigms.
Intervening in this carnal knowledge translation are editors Robert Birch and Marcus Greatheart, art director Pan, and a savvy group of artists, academics, and health providers. This collection resonates, and will engage readers in an enthusiastic social intercourse about the issues that penetrate our collective sexual psyche.
Lampinen, TM, Greatheart, M, Schilder, AJ and Kowdley, K. (2006) Initiation of Methamphetamine Abuse During Interferon Treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry 164 (9): 1439-40.