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A Clinic Invested In Your Identity
IHI Therapy Center has been expanding concepts of identity for 40 years.
Olympia Dukakis is Armistead Maupin. Former NFL player Wade Davis is the writer Linda Villarosa. True Blood's Carrie Preston, 30 Rock's Maluik Pancholy, Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal, Orange Is the New Black's Lea Delaria and Natasha Lyonne – all of them are of different races, genders, and sexual orientations than they are in their everyday selves, or at least they were last December at New York Theatre Workshop, where they performed selections from The Letter Q, a book of letters by queer authors to their younger selves. This performance was part of the 40th anniversary celebration of IHI Therapy Center, a clinic serving the mental health needs of all New York City residents without regard to cultural background, sexual orientation, or gender identity. By playing against type, these and other celebrities emphasized how we are all more alike than we are different, how empathy is the key to transformation, and how those of us in the minority, on the margins, or outside the norm are too often denied empathy. What better or more fun way to dramatize IHI's devotion to identity development and the well-being of persons who transcend traditional cultural limits than such a performance?