I don’t know if you’ve heard, but author Justina Ireland started a database of sensitivity readers. Guess who’s in that database? Me! (Click on “Sensitivity Reader Database” and scroll down to find “Mark”—I’d tell you the row I’m listed in, but it will change regularly as the database is updated.)
So yes—I’m now offering sensitivity reading in the following areas:
- Being gay
- Suicide/suicidal ideation/outpatient treatment
- Abuse (psychological/emotional)
I am a cisgender guy. I haven’t faced sexism. I haven’t faced bi erasure or transphobia. There are other readers in the database who would be better suited to those topics, and I encourage you to seek out #ownvoices first.
I was not hospitalized for suicidal ideation. I went to an outpatient behavioral health facility. I know a little about hospitals, but not nearly enough that I should be your first choice if your project deals with inpatient treatment.
While my abuse was familial, I’m familiar with abuse in the context of romantic relationships. Again, I shouldn’t be your first choice for that, but I do have some knowledge and can answer basic questions about it.
If you’re interested, check out the form (link opens as a Google Doc) and get in touch! My email is markobrienbooks [at] gmail [dot] com—please do contact me if you have any questions at all.
Thanks so much—I can’t wait to work with you!