Lobbying Suicide Prevention Policy for Gay and Bisexual Men: An Intersectionality-Informed Photovoice Project
This chapter examines how photovoice, an arts-based and participatory action research method, can be used along with an intersectionality framework to advance knowledge on health inequities and to lobby policy solutions that are grounded in the lives of affected individuals. The authors present the processes and some empirical findings from a Vancouver (Canada)-based project that seeks to understand gay and bisexual men’s experiences with suicidality. Included were 29 gay and bisexual men affected by suicide from diverse backgrounds who captured in photographs and narratives their experiences and thoughts about suicide and suicide prevention. This resulted in more than 350 participant-produced photographs, which when analysed through an intersectional lens lobby suicide prevention policies by illuminating power, attending to multiple interconnected aspects of identities, and celebrating the strengths of gay and bisexual men. The photographs and narratives offered innovative mechanisms for knowledge translation and community-based interventions in line with the social justice aim of intersectionality. As such the authors curated two in-person exhibits as well as an online gallery of the photographs to raise public awareness, mobilize communities, and lobby policymakers.
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