No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

2003 | Activism / Aging/Elders / Biography/History / Coming Out / Documentary / Human Rights / Lesbian / Relationships / Social Issues / Women's Studies | 57m | USA
Directors: JEB (Joan E. Biren)

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were partners in love and political struggle for over fifty years. With incisive interviews, rare archival images and warmhearted humor, No Secret Anymore reveals their inspiring public work, as well as their charming private relationship. It is a delightful way to meet these legendary lesbians, known as the founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement. When they courageously launched the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, it became the first public organization for lesbians in America. This documentary follows Martin and Lyon’s story through half a century, tracing the emergence of lesbians from the fear of discovery to an expectation of equality.

Reviews and Awards

Outstanding Documentary, American Library Association Notable Video for Adults

Official Selection, American Society on Aging Media Festival

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Provincetown International Film Festival

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney

Juror’s Award, Special Mention, Turin International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Connecticut Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Juror’s Award, Best Documentary, North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Reel Affirmations, Washington, DC

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

“No Secret Anymore is a sheer delight—a casual history of the lesbian liberation movement and a ripping bio of two of queerdom’s goddesses.” — Gary Morris, Just Out

“Directed by the charismatic lesbian activist Joan E. Biren (JEB), [No Secret Anymore is]…an inspirational love story.” — Joshua Sanchez, IndieWire