Sat, June 2nd, 2007, 2pm
Director Joan E. Biren in attendance
It’s no exaggeration to say that Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon are treasures of the LGBT movement, the most widely recognized and admired lesbian couple since Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. As much an inspiration for their tireless, unapologetic public activism as they are for their long term commitment to each other, they have been partners in love and political struggle for over 50 years.
No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon traces the story of these two remarkable women for over half a century, and offers an intimate view of their charming relationship. Courageously launching the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, the first public organization for lesbians in America, they continued with groundbreaking work in the feminist movement, health and sex education fields, family issues and most recently the aging community. Winner of numerous festival audience awards for best documentary, No Secret Anymore is directed by internationally recognized documentary artist JEB (Joan E. Biren), one of our community’s treasures in her own right.
Preceded by One Wedding and a Revolution, from Academy Award winner Deborah Chasnoff. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made the landmark decision in 2004 to grant marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples. At such an historic moment, who would the LGBT community ask to be the first couple to take the vows?
NO SECRET ANYMORE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DEL MARTIN & PHYLLIS LYON: Dir Joan E. Biren USA 2003 57 min.
ONE WEDDING AND A REVOLUTION: Dir Deborah Chasnoff USA 2004 19 min.
Community Partners: Equity Foundation & In Other Words Women’s Books and Resources