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YSM to Sponsor Screening and Discussion of Documentary 'CURED'

April 02, 2024

Yale School of Medicine will sponsor a screening and discussion of the Emmy-nominated documentary "CURED" on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 5:30 pm in The Anlyan Center (TAC) Auditorium, 300 Cedar St., New Haven.

The screening will be held in conjunction with the Yale Department of Psychiatry's annual Yale-NAMI Conference on Neuroscience and Mental Health 2024, which will be held Saturday, April 20, 2024 beginning at 8:00 am in TAC Auditorium.

CURED highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in the history of medicine and LGBTQ advocacy when activists and psychiatrists challenged a formidable institution and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ equality and dignity. The film features the story of Dr. Lawrence Hartmann, who is this year’s recipient of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Mental Health Advocacy Award, which will be presented at the conference.

Hartmann will attend the April 19 screening of the 80-minute film with one of the film's co-directors. Both will be available to answer questions following the showing, which is open to the public as well as faculty and students.

Described as “fascinating” (Hollywood Reporter), “riveting” (The Queer Review), “timely and urgent” (Cinerama Film), and “one of the best documentaries of this or any year” (British Film Institute) — and the recipient of more than 20 awards and accolades — CURED takes viewers inside the David-versus-Goliath battle that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove the diagnosis of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973.

This moment of depathologization marked a crucial paradigm shift in the history of medicine; 50 years later, we have an opportunity to reflect on what has changed and to shine a spotlight on the ongoing disparities in health care that affect members of the LGBTQ community.

Submitted by Christopher Gardner on April 02, 2024