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(New York, NY) September 24, 2018 – September is recognized as Prostate Health Month and also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and a good excuse to become aware–and make friends and family aware–of “Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer (from Diagnosis to Recovery),” the latest book from LGBTQ scholarly publisher Harrington Park Press.

Like previous titles from the imprint, such as “Transgender Sex Work and Society” and “LGBTQ Hospice and Palliative Care,” the book is one of the first of its kind.

“Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer” was written not only for the medical community treating gay and bi men with prostate cancer, but also as a supportive resource for gay and bi men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

It is the most current and comprehensive book on the subject published to date, incorporating the tremendous new developments in cancer treatment from the past ten years.

Medical science has conspicuously–and shamefully–been complicit in valuing straight white men above all others. Women, racial minorities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) communities are underrepresented in clinical trials, which limits our ability to identify their needs and to respond to them thoughtfully.

The LGBTQ community has been described as experiencing an “ignored epidemic” and characterized as a “growing and medically underserved population” in the area of cancer care.

In no disease is this inequality more apparent than in prostate cancer. Of the hundreds of thousands of studies devoted to prostate cancer, only 88 small-scale efforts have focused on understanding the experiences of gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals with prostate cancer.

“Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer” provides an overview of research and practice dealing with the specific needs of gay and bisexual men living with prostate cancer and features both cutting-edge research and powerful portraits of gay and bisexual men living with prostate cancer.

In Chapter 17, we hear from a gay man who wondered whether anyone was listening to him when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 46. He recalls, “What about anal sex? Penetrative sex? Receptive sex? How will the absence of semen affect my orgasm? How can you reach orgasm with a flaccid penis? Will I still be a sexual man? Will I feel attractive to other men? These were all such personal questions interconnected with my identity, and I needed answers to reduce my anxiety, and yet I just couldn’t bring myself to ask them. I felt embarrassed revealing myself to this man and caught up in a heterosexist world, just as I always had.”

If the medical community is to make progress toward equality, those in it must listen to men like him and value his humanity as tenderly they would his straight male counterpart. “Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer” is indispensable for health care, oncology, and mental health practitioners who seek to address their specific experiences and challenges. •


Gay & Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer (From Diagnosis to Recovery)
Edited By Jane M. Ussher, Janette Perz B.R., Simon Rosser
352 pages
June 19, 2018
Paperback, $45.00 / £37.95 ISBN: 9781939594259
Hardcover, $95.00 / £79.95 ISBN: 9781939594242
E-book, $41.99 / £34.95 ISBN: 9781939594266
Available on Amazon or via Harrington Park Press

Harrington Park Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, is an academic, scholarly, and professional book publisher devoted to emerging topics in LGBTQ diversity, equality, and inclusivity.

To request an advance copy of the book or an excerpt, or to speak with the editors, please contact Andy Reynolds at

A 10 question Q&A with editor Dr. Simon Rosser answering the questions such as “What are three or four main points about prostate cancer that you want gay and bisexual men to know which are expounded in your book?” and “What is your message to gay and bi men who have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer and have absolutely no clue as to how to proceed?” is available here.

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