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Trailer | Cured

When doctors classified homosexuality as a mental illness to be “cured,” they employed cruel treatments like electroshock and lobotomies. LGBTQ+ activists and their allies fought back — and won a momentous victory when the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its manual of mental disorders in 1973.

AIRED: October 11, 2021 | 0:00:30
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- [Speaker 1] It is very hard nowadays to have any awareness

of how different the world was for gay people.

(crescendo music)

- [Speaker 2] Homosexuality is in fact, a mental illness.

- [Speaker 1] Thousands of gay people

went to psychiatrists to be cured.

(crowd chanting)

- [Speaker 3] Activism lit the spark.

- [Speaker 4] This was an uprising.

- [Speaker 5] Take the damning label

of sickness away from us.

- [Speaker 3] I'm not gonna allow you

to dictate to me about who I am.

(piano notes)

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