November 17, 2010

Diagnosing Difference Screening

You are invited to attend a screening of Diagnosing Difference at the University of Winnipeg, in Room 4M31, on Friday, November 19.  

The short film Do you think you know who I am, created by local women to ask important questions about stigmas faced by sex trade workers, trans women and mental health consumers will also be shown. 

There will be a facilitated discussion hosted by Melanie from the Rainbow Resource Centre to talk about the audience's feelings about the films, and to share experiences. 

The event will take place from 7:00 p. m. to 10:00 p. m.

It is totally free and accessible.
Snacks will be served. 

Diagnosing Difference is a feature-length length (64 mins) documentary featuring interviews with 13 scholars, activists and artists who identify on the trans spectrum (transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender variant) about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on their lives and communities.

Historically, non-trans medical and mental health care professionals have positioned themselves as the experts on transgender experience, creating standards, guidelines, and diagnoses that inform legal policies and mediate every aspect of life. 

Diagnosing Difference shifts the focus to explore the many complexities of the diagnosis from the perspectives of those it affects, including access to medical care, legal ramifications, social stigma, implications for psychotherapeutic care, treatment trauma, and differences in experience based on factors like race, class, gender orientation, and generation.

Diagnosing Difference humanizes the debate around the GID diagnosis by valuing personal experience as a vital form of expertise.  Rather than trying to create an exhaustive examination of the diagnosis or offer claims of universal representation, Diagnosing Difference is seeking to expand the experience of the audience, provoke thought, and create as many questions as it answers. 

Have a great day.  How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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