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Pose Co-Creator Steven Canals Inks Deal For Limited Gay Rights Activism Series for FX

Pose Co-Creator Steven Canals Inks Deal For Limited Gay Rights Activism Series for FX

Steven Canals

Pose co-creator and Emmy nominee Steven Canals is developing a new limited series titled 81 Words, which will explore the historic effort by a group of medical professionals to change the definition of homosexuality from being classified as a mental illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The series will be based on Alix Spiegel‘s award-winning This American Life episode “81 Words.”

Here’s the show’s logline:

“Until 1974, the medical establishment considered gay people sexually deviant and diagnosed them as mentally ill. 81 Words tells the true story of gay activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, who risked their career and reputation to conspire with the GAYPA — a clandestine group of closeted psychiatrists — and challenge the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of homosexuality.”

Canals will write and executive produce the project under his Story Ave. Productions banner, with Elisabeth Seldes and Neri Tannenbaum executive producing via Pal Pictures. Bennett Singer, Patrick Sammon, and Spiegel will produce.




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