Mentally ill. Deviant. Diseased. And in need of a cure. These were among the terms psychiatrists used to describe lesbians and gay men in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. According to the medical establishment, every gay person suffered from a mental disorder. And as long as lesbians and gay men were “sick”, progress toward equality was impossible. Cured chronicles the battle waged by a small group of activists – from the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis - who declared war against a formidable institution, and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQI+ equality. Further than highlighting the importance of these movements, Cured also raises a reflection on mental health issues – today we still experience a number of clinical prejudices towards queer individuals, and there are specific mental health issues that prevail in these communities.
The documentary is followed by a talk with Jorge Gato, clinical psychologist, and professor at FPCEUP, and Mia de Seixas, representing Rede Ex-Aequo Porto.
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- Reitoria da Universidade do Porto - Auditório Ruy Luís Gomes, 18h00
- Portuguese spoken