Like a Barrier Lifted: The Top Surgery Caregivers Support Zine

A zine detailing how to support a transmasculine person getting top surgery.

This guidebook serves a therapeutic purpose by addressing mental and emotional health, while providing practical information on the transition process.

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Lack of resources

Like a Barrier Lifted also addresses a gap in the art therapy literature overall, namely a dearth of resources available addressing the unique needs and requirements of transgender and queer clients. Thus, I completed this project as part of a quest toward cultural competence regarding transgender clients within the art therapy field.

zines, comics, and graphic medicine

Comics and graphic novels are an emerging art form prioritizing accessibility of information and an amplification of marginalized stories. Graphic medicine, in particular, seeks to tell stories of physical and mental health in new ways.


Queers and Health. Queers and Comics Conference, April 2017.

Caregiving for Top Surgery Recipients. Rape Victim Advocates, May 2017.

Zines, Nonfiction Health Information, and Top Surgery. Comics/Narratives/Illness, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, May 2017.

Intersections and Interlocutors. Graphic Medicine Conference, June 2017.