Frames of Mind
  • February 11, 2021 through February 18, 2021
Free Virtual Screening

Riveting … Deserves its place alongside other seminal documentaries such as How to Survive a Plague, The Celluloid Closet, Before Stonewall, and The Times of Harvey Milk.”

James Kleinmann, The Queer Review

This provocative documentary highlights a previously underappreciated activist campaign in the struggle to achieve normality for the LGBTQ community. For years, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM) listed homosexuality as a mental illness. The personal and professional implications for homosexuals could be devastating: the loss of family and friends or one’s job; the risk of coercive interventions such as aversion therapy or forced heterosexual marriage. In 1973, the APA’s Board of Directors finally voted to remove homosexuality from the DSM. All those suffering” from homosexuality were thereby cured”—hence the title of this important film. Five years in the making, and incorporating a trove of newly unearthed archival material, Cured sheds new light on a pivotal victory that was far from inevitable, while situating the APA story within the larger context of the modern movement for LGBTQ equality.

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health in presenting Frames of Mind, a monthly event utilizing film to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

To stream this film:
Click on the Stream” button above.
This will take you to the streaming platform, where you can register to watch the film for free.
Once registered, you will have until February 18 to watch the film.
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Free Live Q&A
February 17 (Wednesday) 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST
You can also enjoy a live Zoom Q&A with Cured co-director Bennett Singer and film subject Dr. Richard Pillard, who will be joined by Dr. Chris Booth and Dr. Albina Veltman. Join the Zoom here at 7:00 pm PST on February 17. 

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.


Co-sponsored by
Western Canada District Branch | American Psychiatric Association
UBC Community Engagement

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Biographies of speakers:

Bennett Singer, the co-director of Cured, has been making social-issue documentaries for more than twenty years. His work includes Brother Outsider, an award-winning portrait of the gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

Dr. Richard Pillard is a psychiatrist based in Boston. He was the first openly gay psychiatrist in the U.S., and an adviser on the effort to get the APA to change the DSM classification of homosexuality.

Dr. Chris Booth is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Clinical Instructor with UBC Department of Psychiatry. His private practice focuses on gender-questioning and transgender youths and their families.

Dr. Albina Veltman is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University. Her clinical work focuses on traditionally marginalized populations, including those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Feature Image: Demonstrators gathered in Albany, New York, in 1971 to demand gay rights and to declare that “Homo Is Healthy.” Credit: Richard C. Wandel Photographs, The LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Media Images (L to R):
Disguised as “Dr. H. Anonymous” in an oversized tuxedo and distorted Nixon mask, Dr. John Fryer sent shock waves through the American Psychiatric Association's 1972 convention by describing his life as a closeted gay psychiatrist. Photo by Kay Tobin @Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library

Rev. Magora Kennedy (right) pushed back forcefully when talk show host David Susskind asserted that homosexuality is a “mental aberration” based on “a body of medical evidence.” Kennedy was joined by six lesbians, including Lyn Kupferman (center), for this groundbreaking 1971 event, which marked the first time a group of out lesbians had ever appeared on national television. Credit: Historic Films Archive

Kay Lahusen joined other protesters on a picket line in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on July 4, 1969. This protest marked the fifth “Annual Reminder,” a march held yearly on July 4 to remind Americans that LGBTQ citizens were denied basic civil rights. Photo by Nancy Tucker, courtesy Lesbian Herstory Archives