Willy Wilkinson, MPH - Writer and Public Health Consultant
Press Reviews
Praise for Willy Wilkinson’s article in Transgender Rights:
“One of the most valuable articles is the one by Willy Wilkinson recounting the history of the struggle for health care rights in San Francisco. Wilkinson’s presentation of the importance of trans community involvement in developing research studies and working with Department of Public Health officials is an example of cooperation and success that has been copied in other communities around the country.”
-- Diane DeLap, Greater Boston PFLAG News and Views, December 2006-February 2007.
“Wilkinson proposes a model of political action in correspondence with Minter’s vision in his account of grassroots public health research and services targeting the transgender community in San Francisco. Wilkinson’s account of successful and collaborative public health work within the transgender community will be of interest to public health scholars and transgender activists alike.”
-- Amy L. Stone, “Changing Transgender Politics,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Volume 13, Number 4, 2007, pp. 592-594.
“In ‘Public Health Gains of the Transgender Community in San Francisco: Grassroots Organizing and Community-Based Research,’ Willy Wilkinson focuses on a type of grassroots activism that lawyers and law students-after undergoing a legal education that makes us believe we are the experts-may have forgotten. Wilkinson describes using participatory action research, a ground up research approach that meaningfully involves community members and values them as experts, to survey the health services needs of the transgender community in San Francisco. According to Wilkinson, not only were hard data regarding the needs of transgender people in San Francisco obtained, the process also helped empower the participants by teaching them practical skills and responsibility for the well-being of their own communities. Participatory action research is a method of engaging with the community to which lawyers and law students should definitely be exposed. As Wilkinson demonstrates, it begins to counter the disempowerment that transgender people encounter in law.”
-- Ming-Yu Bob Kao, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, The Regents of the University of California, 22 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. 274, 2007.
“In addition to chronicling difficulties regarding transgender law and policy, Transgender Rights also offers a number of promising new avenues for future activist work. Willy Wilkinson describes how collaborations between the transgender community and public health organizations in San Francisco helped to facilitate HIV prevention and access to health care in this marginalized population, as well as inspiring similar programs in other cities.”
 --Julia Serano, LiP Magazine, #7, 2007.