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New Film Chronicles Fight To Remove Homosexuality's 'Mental Disorder' Label

Dale Stine Photography

In May 1970, Gary Alinder and fellow members of the activist group the Berkeley Gay Liberation Front attended — or, as Alinder later recounted, “invaded” — the National Convention of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco. The activists’ purpose was clear: They planned to confront the more than 10,000 psychiatrists present about the APA’s designation of homosexuality as a mental illness. A new documentary, “Cured,” that premiered Monday on PBS — for National Coming Out Day — chronicles this years-long campaign, which ultimately led the APA to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973.