Cured

Cured

Directed by Patrick Sammon & Bennett Singer
U.S. | 2020 | Documentary
82 minutes | English
Available Nov. 5-22
Available Only in MO/IL

“Cured” illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBTQ equality: the campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses. Before this momentous 1973 decision, the medical establishment viewed every gay and lesbian person as diseased and in need of a cure. Business and government used the mental-illness classification to justify discrimination and bigotry. As long as lesbians and gay men were “sick,” progress toward equality was nearly impossible. Incorporating a trove of newly unearthed archival material — much of it unseen for decades — “Cured” takes audiences inside this riveting narrative to chronicle the strategy and tactics that led to a crucial turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights. Indeed, following the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, the battle that culminated in the APA’s decision marked the first major step on the path to first-class citizenship for LGBTQ Americans. “Cured” sheds new light on this victory — which was far from inevitable — while situating the APA story within the larger context of the modern movement for LGBTQ equality. Previous work by co-director Bennett Singer includes “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” “With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right,” and “Electoral Dysfunction.” Co-director Patrick Sammon was creator and executive producer of “Codebreaker.”