BIOS

Short bio:

Zena Sharman is a writer, speaker, strategist and LGBTQ+ health advocate. She’s the editor of two books, including the Lambda Literary award-winning anthology The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care. Zena’s presented on LGBTQ+ health at universities and conferences across North America. She co-chairs the board of the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, a low barrier wellness clinic for trans and gender-diverse people. You can learn more about Zena and her work at https://zenasharman.com/

Long bio:

Zena Sharman is a writer, speaker, strategist and LGBTQ+ health advocate. She edited the Lambda Literary award-winning anthology, The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) and co-edited the Lambda award-nominated anthology Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011). Zena’s presented on LGBTQ+ health at universities and conferences across North America. She has over 10 years’ experience in progressively senior leadership roles at health research funding agencies. Zena currently serves as the Director, Strategy at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and was previously the Assistant Director of Canada's national gender and health research funding institute.

Zena co-chairs the board of the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, a holistic health center for transgender and gender-diverse communities, and is a former board member of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health. She has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia, where her research focused on gender and care work in the health system. Her resume also includes party thrower, cabaret host, go-go dancer for a queer punk band, campus radio DJ, and elementary school public speaking champion. You can learn more about Zena and her work at https://zenasharman.com/

Photos

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Select interviews and media coverage:

Want to listen to me nerd out about queer and trans health care? Check out these podcasts!

  • Here’s me coming out as a trojan horse of radical values (and talking about strategies for making health systems more just) on one of my fave podcasts, Secret Feminist Agenda

  • Here’s me talking about queer and trans health care on the wonderful podcast Sex Gets Real

Prefer to read? Great! Here are a couple of written interviews I did about The Remedy and LGBTQ+ health: