The Fight for Rights: “Cured”

Join Yaddo’s Bennett Singer and Jacki Lyden for a talk on Cured, the newest film by Singer and the winner of a $50,000 award in the 2020 Library of Congress Lavine/Burns Prize for Film. Cured is a remarkable account of the fight to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s manual of mental illnesses. This groundbreaking documentary chronicles the battle waged by a small group of activists who declared war against a formidable institution – and won a crucial victory in 1973. Optioned for a forthcoming limited series on FX, Cured is above all a tribute to the lasting social change that a handful of determined individuals created.


Bennett Singer has been making social-issue documentaries for more than 20 years. His films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, The Kennedy Center, The British Museum, and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In addition to Cured, Singer’s co-directing credits include Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin and Electoral Dysfunction. The former Executive Editor of TIME Magazine’s Education Program, Singer is the author or editor of five books, including 42 UP and LGBTQ Stats, and the recipient, with David Deschamps and Leigh Fondakowski, of the National Endowment for the Arts Residency for Collaborative Teams at Yaddo.

Jacki Lyden is a 34- year veteran of NPR, where she was both a host and correspondent, and won numerous awards, including  the Dupont-Columbia and The Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and TV for Best Foreign documentary.  She is a recent Rosalynn Carter Fellow for mental health journalism.  As the author of “Daughter of the Queen of Sheba,”  her critically-acclaimed memoir of growing up with a mentally ill mother, Jacki Lyden was recently given the “Patient Advocacy Award” for 2021— from the American Psychiatric Assn.  She is a work on her next book, Tell Me Something Good,  and leads writing workshops in Ireland and the US. 


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