'81 Words': 'Pose' Co-Creator Steven Canals Developing Gay Rights Activism Limited Series At FX
Photo Credit: SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 12: Steven Canals attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

'81 Words': 'Pose' Co-Creator Steven Canals Developing Gay Rights Activism Limited Series At FX

Pose co-creator Steven Canals has set his next project at FX, Shadow and Act has learned. A limited series is in development from Canals. Titled 81 Words, it is from Disney’s 20th Century Fox Television. Canals will write and executive produce the project.

It is based on  Alix Spiegel’s award-winning This American Life episode, “81 Words,” as well as th upcoming PBS Independent Lens documentary, Cured, directed by Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon.

Here’s the official 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 & Barbara Gittings who risked their career & reputation to conspire with the GAYPA – a clandestine group of closeted psychiatrists – and challenge the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of homosexuality.

Spiegel, Singer, Sammon are on board as producers for the project. Last year’ Canals’ Pose was renewed for season 3.


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