Cured Documentary

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).

Scene from Pray Away

Follow ‘Pray Away’

Scene from Pray Away
Scene from Pray Away

The new documentary Pray Away chronicles the conversion therapy movement’s rise, its persistent influence, and the harm it causes.

Each week Pray Away will be posting stories of survivors.

Please follow them on InstagramFacebook, and the web – and share the word about this powerful film with your friends and family.


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).

Cured Documentary

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).

Survivors Celebrate ‘This Is What Love In Action Looks Like’

A panel discussion among five conversion-therapy survivors, produced May 21, 2020, following a screening of the 2011 documentary, This Is What Love In Action Looks Like. The discussion was hosted by Born Perfect Virginia Ambassador Adam Trimmer.

Hey y’all! (Proper Virginia Greeting)  

My name is Adam Trimmer, and I’m the Virginia Ambassador for Born Perfect. I, along with many others, have fought hard by speaking at different health regulatory board meetings, and legislative sessions to help bring about an end to the harmful and discredited practice of conversion therapy.

As you know, Virginia is now the 20th state to pass legislation that protects youth from conversion therapy. This is an incredible step, and we are really excited to have you join us. This was our first digital panel and movie screening, so feel free to share about it!   

The Movie

This is What Love in Action Looks Like. Morgan Fox, Director. Please take a moment to learn about the very talented director behind the film that we show here. Visit his website to discover more of his projects over his impressive 15-year career as a producer and director.

Movie trailer on YouTube
Full movie for rent on Vimeo

Individuals and Organizations Represented on the Panel

Mathew Shurka
Co-Founder, Born Perfect
Conversion Therapy Survivor

Mathew experienced conversion therapy in Virginia, and today he is helping end the practice. As the co-founder of Born Perfect, he has helped survivors from across the country become fierce advocates for our community. Explore our website to learn more about the campaign, the staff members, and how you can get involved!

Garrard Conley
Author, Boy Erased
Creator and Producer, UnErased: A History of Conversion Therapy in America

If you have not listened to Garrard’s podcast, UnErased, I would highly recommend giving it a listen prior to this screening. His memoir, Boy Erased, was adapted into the Golden Globe-nominated film of the same name in 2018, and the UnErased podcast tells more of the story. Visit his website to learn more about Garrard’s work, including his memoir, podcast, interviews, and other publications.

Luke Wilson
Ph.D Candidate at Florida Atlantic University
Conversion Therapy Survivor

Luke Wilson has brought a lot of visibility to Virginians about conversion therapy’s existence on college campuses. Luke gave this phenomenal talk at Florida Atlantic University, and he also wrote an article for Queerty and RVA Magazine.

Lisa Linsky, Esq.
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Outside Counsel, Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.

Please visit the Stop Conversion Therapy website for valuable information gathered by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. The site includes a downloadable copy of “The Pernicious Myth of Conversion Therapy”, also known as “The White Paper.” Lisa Linsky was the architect and principal drafter of The White Paper; it is both an educational and emotional journey through the history of conversion therapy.

Additional Information

Pray Away Film – Visit prayaway.com to discover more about the upcoming movie, Pray Away.

Mama Bears – Discover the Mama Bears organization at realmamabears.org.


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).