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CURED Documentary Film Premieres at OutFest Los Angeles

CURED Documentary premiered Aug. 24 at the 2020 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival. The film began streaming at 12:01 a.m. PT for 72 hours. The presentation is accompanied by a panel discussion moderated by Pose FX co-creator Steven Canals and featuring filmmakers Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon along with activists Don Kilhefner and Rev. Magora Kennedy.
 
Born Perfect is proud to support this film, and we were deeply touched by its portrayal of our past. Our co-founder Mathew Shurka told the Gay Times, “Cured is not just a brilliantly told story, it is a call to honor our legacy of activism and empowerment by continuing the fight to end conversion therapy once and for all.”


Born Perfect is the leading campaign to end conversion therapy. We are survivors, lawyers, and policy experts working together to protect LGBTQ+ people nationally and around the globe. Born Perfect is a program of National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

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Powerful New Documentary ‘Cured’ to Premiere at Outfest

Fifty years ago, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental illness. With the new documentary Cured, directors Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer tell the story of the LGBTQ activists who struggled against unscientific prejudice and inertia at the APA to reclassify homosexuality. The film premieres this month.

Born Perfect is very proud to be partnering with this informative and poignant production.

The film’s first trailer debuted this week:

Cured will make its world premiere August 24 at a virtual edition of Outfest Los Angeles. A discussion will follow, with the directors as well as activists Don Kilhefner and Rev. Magora Kennedy, who appear in the film. Pose co-creator Steven Canals will moderate.


Born Perfect is the leading campaign to end conversion therapy. We are survivors, lawyers, and policy experts working together to protect LGBTQ+ people nationally and around the globe. Born Perfect is a program of National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

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Conversion-Therapy Documentary Serves as Basis for FX Show ’81 Words’

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A scene from the documentary film Cured

The soon-to-be-released PBS conversion-therapy documentary Cured is already serving as a basis for a new TV miniseries.

“81 Words” on FX will tell the true story of gay activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, who risked their careers to organize with a clandestine group of closeted psychiatrists to challenge the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of homosexuality as a mental illness. The miniseries will be written and executive-produced by “Pose” co-creator Steven Canals. The miniseries will be based on Alix Spiegel’s “This American Life” episode, “81 Words,” as well as “Cured,” which was directed by Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon. Spiegel, Singer, and Sammon will produce the program.

“Cured” documents the history of conversion therapy, focusing on how the traumatic failure of the practice prompted activists and psychiatrists to reconsider psychiatry’s scientifically unsupported stigmatization of homosexuality.

Born Perfect is enthusiastic and excited for the achievements of our partners in the “Cured” documentary.

Read more at Variety.com


Born Perfect is the leading campaign to end conversion therapy. We are survivors, lawyers, and policy experts working together to protect LGBTQ+ people nationally and around the globe. Born Perfect is a program of National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).