Film Chronicling Pioneers of Lesbian and Women's Civil Rights to be Screened


Contributed by Melissa Gattine

Renowned documentary artist and photographer Joan E. Biren -- known also as JEB -- will visit Ithaca College on Monday, March 28, to screen and discuss her film No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. Free and open to the public, the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Textor 102.

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, partners in love and political struggle for more than 50 years, are recognized as founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement. They continued making history as the first same-sex couple to be married officially in San Francisco in February, 2004. The story of their lives traces the emergence of lesbians from the fear of discovery to an expectation of equality. This 57-minute film reveals their inspiring public activism as well as their charming and very funny private relationship.

The screening is sponsored by Roy H. Park School of Communications; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Center; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Women's Studies, and the Departments of Cinema and Photography and Journalism.