The Rainbow Youth Alliance’s SOMA is organizing a “CURED” screening in the SOPAC village on December 14th


From Cinema Lab / Le Village to SOPAC:

Rainbow Youth Alliance SOMA, headed by Joseph Geoghan, a 16-year-old Maplewood resident, is the organization of a public screening and reception of the award-winning documentary CURED at the Village at SOPAC on Tuesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. with the filmmakers Bennett Singer and Mridu Chandra and one special guest, actor Patrick Wilson. This paid event benefits the Rainbow Youth Alliance and is sponsored by Cinema laboratory, PFLAG National and Maplewood Township.

“It’s really great to live in a place like SOMA, where being an LGBTQ + person is taken care of and we have school groups and community groups like Rainbow Youth Alliance but even here the kids can sometimes have a hard time. feel like you belong, ”Geoghan said. “RYA would like to see being LGBTQ + normalized so that it is less traumatic to come out and easier to feel included. When you watch CURED you realize that it wasn’t that long ago that being gay was considered a real disease, but the film also highlights how far we’ve come as a society. And that we can do better.

A photo of CURED, shown at the Village at SOPAC on December 14, 2021.

“I was absolutely thrilled when Joseph proposed to use CURED as a way to bring community members together for an intergenerational event,” adds Bennett Singer, who spent five years producing and directing the film. “This is a great time to find out the story behind some of what we see today and how people with good intentions and science on their side have successfully challenged the myths and prejudices about be LGBTQ +. ”

CURED is an award-winning documentary that sheds light on a crucial chapter in the fight for LGBTQ equality: Campaign to Remove Homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association Mental Illness Manual. Before this momentous decision in 1973, the medical establishment viewed every gay and lesbian person as sick and in need of treatment. Business and government have used the classification of mental illnesses to justify discrimination and bigotry. If lesbians and gays were “sick”, progress towards equality was almost impossible.


DATED: Tuesday 14 December 2021

TIME: 6 p.m. Reception

7 p.m. Film followed by questions / answers

WHO: Actor Patrick wilson and CURED filmmakers Bennett Singer and Mridu Chandra. TICKETS: $ 25 for 21+ and $ 10 for children under 21

NR | 80 minutes

NOTE: This movie contains discussions and images that some children, especially those under the age of 12, may find difficult.

Bennett Singer has been making social documentaries for over 25 years. He co-directed ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION (PBS) and BROTHER OUTSIDER: THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN (PBS ‘POV), which premiered at Sundance and won over 20 international awards, including the GLAAD Media Award. The singer won a DuPont Columbia Award for his work on EYES ON THE PRIZE II (PBS) and is the former editor of the educational program for TIME magazine.

Mridu Chandra is a New York-based producer, writer and director. Its documentaries explore topics such as civil rights and peace, gender and sexuality, environmental justice and the law and have premiered at Sundance, SXSW and Hot Docs film festivals; aired on PBS, HBO, Hulu and Netflix; screened for members of the US Congress and the United Nations; and presented in museums and film festivals around the world.

Patrick wilson is a critically acclaimed actor whose numerous credits have earned him multiple Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Wilson’s illustrious career in theater, film and television spanned more than two decades, earning him critical acclaim in Hollywood blockbusters, independent film, on Broadway and beyond.

His credits include the smash hit Aquaman, 3 Films in the Conjuring Universe, Insidious 1 & 2, Little Children, The Commuter, The Founder, Bone Tomahawk, Stretch, The Switch, The A-Team Watchmen, Lakeview Terrace, Hard Candy and many others. Following. On television, Wilson has starred in Angels in America, Girls, HBO’s A Gifted Man and the second season of Fargo on FX, earning multiple nominations for his defining role in the career of Vietnam veteran Lou Solverson. Wilson has over 50 film and television credits to his credit. His next acting projects include Moonfall, Aquaman 2, and Insidious 5, where he will also make his directorial debut.

Patrick is co-founder of the Wilson Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children in need, veterans, first responders and promoting the arts. He also has a decades-long relationship with Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, and has been honored by the New York Senate for his contributions to the gay community.


SOMA Rainbow Youth Alliance envisions communities where ALL young people, regardless of their LGBTQIA + identity, have a strong sense of belonging and feel valued, needed and hopeful about their future. RYA supports local LGBTQIA + youth, their families and allies through education, community building and outreach. In 2022, the programming planned for the South Orange Maplewood community includes guest speaker events, focus groups, social activities and outings. Please contact [email protected] or Instagram (@rainbowyouthalliance) volunteer, donate, or get more information.


PFLAG is the first and largest organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ +) people, their parents, families and allies. With nearly 400 chapters and 250,000 members and supporters spanning generations of families in major urban centers, small towns and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and where all people are respected, valued and affirmed. To find out more, visit, Like us on Facebook (/ pflag), Where follow us on Twitter (@pflag) Where Instagram (@pflag).


Cinema Lab is a national cinema development and management company that believes that the theater experience matters just because it’s the best way to share movies and build a sense of community and empathy. They are opening up state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious community cinemas that lead the way in hospitality, programming, presentation, design and catering to their guests with hot and cold menu options. expanded and adult drinks. Cinema Lab is a national cinema development and management company that believes that the theater experience is important, only because it is the best way to share movies and create a sense of community and empathy.


The Township of Maplewood, home to On and Off Broadway, where social justice advances our pilot, where rainbow crosswalks welcome visitors – one of the most vibrant, engaging and strong suburban communities from north Jersey. Mayor-elect and survivor of conversion therapy Dean Dafis – the first gay mayor of Maplewood, the county’s only one, and one of the few identified LGBTQs elected in the nation’s seemingly most diverse states – enthusiastically greets the Rainbow Youth Alliance and applauds high school students and resident, Joseph Geoghan, for his courageous and impressive leadership: “Our networks are our lifelines. RYA SOMA is especially needed right now, even in LGBTQ-friendly communities like ours, to support our youth who struggle with doubt and face bullying and prejudice.


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