STORYLINE: In the wake of the Stonewall Rebellion, long-time gay civil rights activist Barbara Gittings must ride the tidal wave of the counter-culture as it crashes against the establishment, and she leads the attack against the APA (American Psychiatric Association) to depathologize homosexuals and destroy the diagnosis that makes them SICK!. The lives of doctors, activists and ordinary people collide as Barbara mobilizes them to confront the devastating and sometimes deadly consequences of simply being a homosexual in 1969.
THEME: The true story of how the power of one woman with gumption can change the course of history.
TONE: Based on actual events, SICK! is a story of hope, humor and optimism, in the face of pain, struggle and sacrifice in the uphill battle to reform mental health treatment. Barbara’s fight to erase the stigma of sickness from homosexuality unfolds over the course of a swift three-year span.