ONLINE Screening and Discussion of the documentary CURED! May 2, 2023- EST

(Note: This event will not provide continuing education credits; “seating” limited to 500)


The Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis is pleased to announce a private screening of CURED, an award-winning documentary that highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ history when activists rose up to challenge a formidable institution — and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ equality and dignity. On Tuesday, May 2nd at 7 pm ET, we will host a live virtual screening of a 25-minute preview of the film, followed by a panel discussion featuring the project’s co-directors and one of the activists featured in the film. Following this event, the full film will be available to stream online from May 2-9.

Described as “fascinating” (Hollywood Reporter), “riveting” (The Queer Review), and “one of the best documentaries of this or any year” (British Film Institute) — and nominated for an Emmy Award in 2022 — CURED takes viewers inside the David-versus-Goliath battle that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove the diagnosis of homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973. Watch the trailer for the film.

While this powerful film highlights a little-known story from the past, its lessons are profoundly relevant today. Ultimately, the documentary celebrates the pathbreaking contributions of LGBTQ pioneers while demonstrating that even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, lasting social change is possible.

May 2nd marks the 51st anniversary of Dr. John Fryer’s monumental speech at the 1972 APA Annual Meeting. During this meeting, Dr. Fryer wore a disguise and shared his experience as a gay psychiatrist with APA members. This speech was essential in convincing the APA to remove the diagnosis of homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973.

The Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis is proud to partner with the producers of CURED to offer this free event to our community members and hope you’ll join us May 2 to watch and discuss this inspiring film!