SICK is a new, full-length docu-dramedy. It tells the story of the early 1970s struggle to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (The DSM.) Based in part on the historical record, the play follows pioneering gay activist and aversion therapy survivor Ron Gold as he leads a full throttle attack on the psychiatric establishment. With humor and poignancy, a 70s score, and the ghost of Freud himself, the play recounts a pivotal moment in gay history, while affirming the power of the individual in the struggle for equality and human rights. *Content Warning: Depiction of aversion therapy, appearance of fake weapon, some foul language, discussion of sexuality. Taken from the website.

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This play is very important. So informative. I had no clue this was happening in the US…Using electro shock therapy on normal healthy boys as recently as the 70’s?!?! It’s barbaric, sickening and enraging.
But the most important thing I learned from this play is that modern psychiatrists were no different from medieval alchemists or from Victorian doctors: moralizing in the name of science. They are continuing their destructive ways by diagnosing children as ADHD / ADD so they can “lobotomize” them with big pharma drugs. I’ve seen it happen to my kids’ nursery school mates. The profession sticks. It should be abolished.
June 20, 2023, 3:07 pm
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