What do homosexuality and the penile foreskin share in common?
The medical community demonized both as inherently pathological, instilled unwarranted fear in the public mind, and adopted radical measures to eradicate both.
In 1973, after a decade-long effort by gay rights advocates, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) finally declassified homosexuality as a “psychiatric disorder”. This stands out as a milestone in the history of the gay rights movement.
Today it’s hard to believe that gay people were once subjected to frontal lobotomy, electric shock therapy and other “treatments, ” but for many years the APA viewed homosexuality as a condition that needed to be “cured”. The story of how a small group of committed activists overcame decades of entrenched thinking within the APA is movingly told in the heartbreaking and inspiring documentary “Cured”.
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What lessons can intactivists learn from the successful campaign to de-pathologize homosexuality?
As genital autonomy advocates continue to mount a grassroots campaign to de-pathologize a normal, healthy and natural part of penile anatomy, the parallels between these sister movements make “Cured” must-viewing.
GALDEF is pleased to offer a limited opportunity for genital autonomy advocates to view “Cured” and to submit questions after the film to GALDEF representatives. The panel will include Tim Hammond, President, board member David Balashinsky, and Advisory Council member Leif Thompson, M.D. Proceeds from this special film screening will support GALDEF’s ongoing efforts to legally secure children’s rights to bodily integrity and genital autonomy.
Reserve the date!
Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 2 P.M./Eastern (U.S.).*
We look forward to you joining us for this important documentary, together with human rights activists across the U.S. and around the globe, while supporting GALDEF’s ongoing legal initiatives.
*United States: 2pm/Eastern | lpm/Central | 12pm/Mountain | llam/Pacific | 10am/Alaska | 8am/Hawaii
Europe: 6pm/Iceland |7pm/U.K. | 8pm/Central | 9pm/Israel
Australia/New Zealand (Monday, September 18, 2023): 2am/Perth | 4am/Sydney | 6am/Auckland
P.S. – This screening is also a valuable learning opportunity for your LGBTQ+ friends, especially younger
people who may not know about this vital aspect of gay history. Please share this invitation with them too!