Homosexuality was a mental illness to be “cured” until LGBTQ activists fought the Establishment—and won

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Bennett Singer

Bennett Singer is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making social-issue documentaries for more than 20 years. With Nancy Kates, he produced and directed Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; was broadcast nationally on PBS’ POV series and later on Logo/MTV; was recently selected for the Show more SundanceNow Doc Club; and has won more than 20 international awards, including the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary and prizes at LGBT film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Turin, Reykjavik, Vienna, and other cities. Singer served as an associate producer on the Emmy- and Peabody-winning series on the history of the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize II; as a producer/director on With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right In America; and as a producer on The Questions of Equality, all broadcast on PBS. He was a consulting producer on Codebreaker and co-director of Electroal Dysfunction, a feature-length documentary about voting in America. For eight years, Singer served as Executive Editor of TIME Magazine’s Education Program and has created curriculum materials to accompany scores of film and television projects, including John Adams, Band of Brothers, and The Diary of Anne Frank, and more than a dozen films in PBS’ American Experience series. Show less

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Patrick Sammon

Patrick Sammon has a mix of experience in filmmaking, broadcast journalism, and LGBT political advocacy. He is President of Story Center Films, LLC, a film production company based in Washington, DC. He is the Creator and Executive Producer of Codebreaker, a “superb” (The Telegraph), “imaginative” (Sunday Times), award-winning drama-documentary Show more that “artfully explored” (The Mail) the life and legacy of Alan Turing, one of the 20th century’s most important figures. More than three million viewers around the world have seen the film through television, a 12-city U.S. theatrical release, film festivals, and more than 250 non-theatrical screenings (at venues including The British Museum, the US National Archives, the FBI, and the Organization of American States). The film received the Audience Award at the 2012 European Science TV & New Media Awards. A summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Sammon started his career as an award- winning television news reporter. He worked at WJHL Newschannel 11, the CBS affiliate in the Tri-Cities. He received awards from the New York Associated Press Broadcasters Association for best feature reporting and the Syracuse Press Club for best investigative reporting. Before founding Story Center Films, Sammon served three years as President of Log Cabin Republicans. Log Cabin advocates for LGBT rights in the Republican Party on behalf of its 20,000 members. Show less

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The Film

This David vs. Goliath story follows the psychiatrists and activists who fought to remove homosexuality from the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) in the early 1970s. Facing treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy, castration, or hysterectomies as “cures” for homosexuality, gay people stayed in the closet. Through archival footage and interviews with the activists, this film reveals a pivotal moment in the gay liberation movement—one that changed not only the LGBTQ community, but the field of psychiatry.