Director Annalise Ophelian
Floating Ophelia Productions, LLC, 2009
Diagnosing Difference is a feature-length documentary that showcases interviews with thirteen diverse transgender and gender non-conforming scholars, activists, and artists about the impact of the Gender Identity Disorder mental health diagnosis on their lives and communities. In this visually beautiful, highly informative film, Willy’s expertise as a trainer offers a nuanced view of the complex role of medical and mental health providers in the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and his unique personal story invites viewers to question assumptions about transgender experience.
Along with director Dr. Annalise Ophelian, Willy co-wrote the film’s Discussion Guide, which provides thoughtful post-screening discussion questions, action steps, and resources.
“Diagnosing Difference should be mandatory viewing for all medical and mental health providers, including those currently in training and those who have practiced for many years…This film provides not only a real portrayal of the diversity of gender identities within transgender communities, it also takes the medical and mental health professions head on with compelling historical facts, contemporary debates and personal narratives. This film is a call to all mental health providers to not only educate themselves but to become activists for transgender patient rights within their professional communities.”
-- Dr. Sara Kimmel, Staff Psychologist, Harvard University Mental Health Services