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  • May 8, 2024 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm


The Centre for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research and the 2SLGBTQ+ Health Hub are excited to announce a guest lecture with Zena Sharman, author of ‘The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health.’

Many of us working in LGBTQ+ health do so out of deep personal commitments to our communities’ collective survival and liberation and feel accountable to those communities in our work. We often do this work in extractive, disempowering and ethically fraught institutional contexts. These institutions may grant us power but it comes with conditions that seek to discipline or defang us.

Doing our work under such conditions can generate conflict and tensions as we strive to be of service to our communities while navigating institutional pressures to conform to its demands. How might we learn to work in ways that honour our relations of accountability and prefigure the futures we’re trying to build? How might we learn to hold the power we hold as researchers, healthcare providers, policy-makers or community leaders in ways that contribute to liberatory change?

Zena Sharman, PhD is a writer and consultant whose body of work pivots around the questions “How do we create change?” and “How do we care for each other?” She’s the author of three books, including ‘The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health’ (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2021) and the Lambda Literary award-winning anthology ‘The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care’ (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016). Her next book, a memoir, is forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press in 2025. She’s an engaging speaker who regularly gives virtual and in-person talks and workshops to audiences across North America. You can learn more about Zena and her work at