Episode 8: A Special Interview with the Co-Editors of Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness

Cover Artist:  Erin Smith ; Cover Designer: Brady McNamara

Cover Artist: Erin Smith; Cover Designer: Brady McNamara

The Interview

A special episode of Queer MEDucation featuring co-editors of the recently published book Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness. We speak with Stephanie Schoeder and Teresa Theophano about how this concept came to fruition and the importance of documenting personal accounts of LGBTQI and nonbinary mental health challenges.

The Book

HEADCASE: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness is an anthology, published by Oxford University Press, comprised of personal and political essays, articles, poems, creative nonfiction, illustrations, graphic diaries, photographs and other expressive mediums by writers and artists both established and new. Headcase explores themes of mental health, wellness, mental illness, and experiences of the mental health care systems by members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

The Tour

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

NYC reading and signing: 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 followed by signing.

Stay tuned for more event information!

The Editors


Teresa Theophano is a New York State-licensed social worker and freelance writer/editor. She helped launch the New York City Queer Mental Health Initiative (QMHI), an LGBTQ mental health peer support network in collaboration with the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, in July 2014. Since graduating from Hunter College School of Social Work with an MSW the same year that her book Queer Quotes(Beacon, 2004) was published, she has worked and volunteered with LGBTQ communities at numerous organizations including Rainbow Heights Club, Trinity Place Shelter, and Queers for Economic Justice. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor at the New York City College of Technology–part of the City University of New York–and completed a year-long training program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as well as graduate courses in public health. Teresa has been involved in social justice movements for decades and is interested in further exploring radical and holistic approaches to mental health. She has contributed to websites including xojane.com, glbtq.com, and queermentalhealth.org and to anthologies including The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts and The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance, and Theatre, and has read short works at various literary events in New York City.

Stephanie Schroeder is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has written for The Guardian US, Curve Magazine, Passport Magazine, GO! Magazine, Brooklyn Papers, About.com, Shewired.com, Station-to-Station.com, Life of The Law, Lambda Literary Review, and blogs about mental illness/mental health. Her work has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, as well as Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex, Hot & Bothered: Short, Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire, volumes 3 & 4, Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, and Easy to Love, But Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories. She is an activist working toward social and economic justice within an anti-racist framework and in the context of sexual and gender liberation. Stephanie graduated from Hunter College with a BA in communications, holds a JD from New York Law School, and has a special interest in creativity and mental illnesses as well as therapeutic jurisprudence. She is the author of the memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide.



Show Notes

More About Stephanie Schroeder

Check out Stephanie’s Website

Purchase Stephanie’s Memoir



More About Teresa Theophano, LCSW


Headcase Partners and Resources

Oxford University Press

Cover Artist Erin Smith

Book Review

Rainbow Heights Club, NYC

Facebook Page

Special thanks to stephanie and teresa for their passion and commitment to

LGBTQI and nonbinary mental health and wellness

purchase headcase here