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CURED (2020) Screening and Panel Discussion

Join the Pride Center for a screening of the new documentary CURED followed by a discussion of the film from a panel of experts:

  • Dr. Patrick Grzanka, Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Dr. Kirsten Gonzalez, Psychology
  • Kertesha Riley, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Five years in the making, CURED illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBTQ equality: the campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses. Before this momentous 1973 decision, the medical establishment viewed every gay and lesbian person as diseased and in need of a cure. Business and government used the mental-illness classification to justify discrimination and bigotry. As long as lesbians and gay men were “sick,” progress toward equality was nearly impossible.

Incorporating a trove of newly unearthed archival material — much of it unseen for decades — CURED takes audiences inside this riveting narrative to chronicle the strategy and tactics that led to a crucial turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights. Indeed, following the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, the battle that culminated in the APA’s decision marked the first major step on the path to first-class citizenship for LGBTQ Americans. CURED sheds new light on this victory — which was far from inevitable — while situating the APA story within the larger context of the modern movement for LGBTQ equality.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Frieson Black Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room
1800 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Exhibits & Films


Health & Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Law & Policy


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public

Pride Center
Contact Name

Bonnie Johnson

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