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

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

Joan E. Biren's 2002 video documentary chronicles the lives of pioneering gay-rights activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, who cofounded the first national lesbian organization, the Daughters of Bilitis, in 1955. Biren is strong on history and social context, setting the duo's accomplishments against a background of discrimination that extended into the mainstream of the feminist movement and deftly evoking the underground lesbian bar culture of the 50s and 60s, whose insularity the couple fought. Unfortunately the video's pliant, uncritical tone spills over into hero worship; the absence of critical or even ambivalent voices results in a limited, somewhat coercive portrait. 57 min.

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