Adrian Shanker

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Adrian Shanker (he/him) is an experienced LGBTQ+ community leader with a focus on LGBTQ+ health policy and promotion, barriers to care, and health equity. He is the founding executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown Pennsylvania, a fast-growing and high-impact community-based organization with a focus on arts, health, youth, and pride programs. He currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in the Biden-Harris Administration, as Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and as Commissioner and Health Committee Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration. He previously served as president of Equality Pennsylvania for three years during the fight for marriage equality.

Adrian created and broadly implemented the biannual Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment and he is editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health  (PM Press, 2020) and is editor of the forthcoming anthology Crisis and Care: Queer Activist Responses to a Global Pandemic (PM Press, 2022). He earned a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice from The George Washington University and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Religion Studies from Muhlenberg College. City and State Pennsylvania included Adrian in their 2021 Pennsylvania Healthcare Power 100 list, and he has been named a ‘Healthcare Hero’ by Lehigh Valley Business and twice named ‘Person of the Year’ by Philadelphia Gay News. Adrian is a member of American Public Health Association, Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the Author’s Guild. He lives on unceded Lenape land in Pennsylvania.

Crisis and Care: Queer Activist Responses to a Global Pandemic

SKU: 9781629639352
Author: Adrian Shanker • Foreword by Rea Carey
Series: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629639352
Published: 06/07/2022
Format: Paperback
Size: 5×8
Pages: 128


“Adrian Shanker has emerged in recent years as an urgent and prescient voice on matters concerning queer health. Crisis and Care: Queer Activist Responses to a Global Pandemic is timely, important and shares a message we ignore at our own peril. The response to COVID-19 from LGBTQ communities is informed by our own experience with a deadly pandemic made vastly worse by poor presidential leadership. Our lived experience over the past 40 years has valuable lessons for how we should be addressing today’s viral threats.”
—Sean Strub, author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

“How did we respond? That is the central question in Crisis and Care. Lots of books will look at COVID-19, but this book looks at how LGBTQ activists responded to one of the most challenging moments of our lives.”
—Igor Volsky, author of Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns

“In Crisis and Care, Adrian Shanker and the contributing authors make the bold case that we are defined not by the bad things that happen in our society, but by how our community responds.”
—Robyn Ochs, editor of Bi Womens Quarterly

Crisis and Care tells stories about Queer people’s experiences during COVID-19 that needs to be memorialized as another example of our community’s resiliency in times of crisis. This book presents the stories of how LGBTQ community members came together to help one another not only survive the pandemic, but also our determination to thrive despite the failures of the federal government’s response.”
—David Heitstuman, executive director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center

Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health

Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health

SKU: 9781629637846
Author: Adrian Shanker • Foreword: Rachel L.Levine, MD • Afterword: Kate Kendell
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629637846
Published: 3/1/2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 256
Subjects: LGBT Studies/Health


“Now, more than ever, we need Bodies and Barriers to shine a spotlight on how and why good healthcare for LGBTQ people and our families is such a challenge. Bodies and Barriers provides a road map for all who are ready to fight for health equity—in the doctor’s office, in the halls of government, or in the streets.”
—Rea Carey, executive director National LGBTQ Task Force

Bodies and Barriers helps LGBT community members understand the way people in the U.S. health services market erect barriers to anyone who is not the source of easy and immediate profit, and helps us all confront and break down these barriers. It helps families of LGBT people understand these obstacles and options for getting around them. And it helps health professionals hear the voices of all their patients, so that we learn to listen, and learn how to care for everyone.”
—Michael Fine, MD, former director, Rhode Island Department of Health, author of Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy All at the Same Time

“Adrian Shanker and the contributing authors highlight the need for clinicians to up their game when it comes to caring for sexual and gender minority people in their practices. Bodies and Barriers serves as a guide with concrete suggestions for developing knowledge, awareness, and skills to provide holistic care for LGBT people from the cradle to the grave. This book is a gem in that it centers LGBT people’s voices telling providers exactly how they want to be treated. It’s time providers listen to and act on these recommendations.”
—Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, PhD; coeditor of Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Bodies and Barriers is truly a must-read for anyone working in medical care, social services, or public health. This book brings us closer to the goal of patient-centered care, not only for LGBT communities, but for everyone.”
—Kristen Emory, PhD; director and advisor, Undergraduate Program at San Diego State University School of Public Health

“These patient and caregiver experiences ring so loudly in today’s environment, when we have compelling evidence of a need for widespread practice change, yet the medical establishment remains slow to respond to the calls from those patients and their caregivers who are asking so boldly—and rightfully—for those changes. Bodies and Barriers is a call to action for learners at all levels, in all health fields, to start now, creating a future where health equity is the norm, and no one is denied the opportunity to thrive.”
—Scott Nass, MD, MPA, president GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

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