As the global LGBTQ community continues battling for civil rights and faces ongoing stigma, discrimination, and violence, the documentary Cured provides invaluable context for what is arguably the most significant turning point in Gay Liberation history. Until 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) classified homosexuality as a mental illness. Cured sheds light on the little-known story of the LGBTQ activists who challenged the APA to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses — and won. The documentary combines eyewitness testimony with never-before-seen archival footage to depict this epic battle. Cured illuminates the strategy and tactics that led to this pivotal yet largely overlooked moment in the struggle for LGBTQ equality. Indeed, following the Stonewall uprising of 1969, the campaign that culminated in the APA’s 1973 decision marks the first major step on the path to first-class citizenship for LGBTQ Americans — and a giant step forward for LGBTQ people worldwide, reframing not only how this community was seen but also how it sees itself.
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