Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel met in 1947 but did not come out to everyone as life partners until Terry was in her early nineties. In the new Netflix documentary A Secret Love, their story is told through six decades of footage that had been sitting in a suitcase in their basement.
Producers Brendan Mason and Alexa Fogel had the film selected by SXSW festival. Brendan told PinkNews the couple didn’t see why anyone would find their story interesting, but it was clear to the producers from their first meeting:
On the first night, they said: ‘We want to make you dinner.’ Alexa and I were sitting with Terry in the dining room, and Pat was in the other room. Terry was talking about Pat and giggling about her with such glee and love, it was like people that had met a year ago. Alex and I looked at each other, and we thought, ‘Oh my God, to still feel this way about somebody after 60-something years, that’s an unbelievably deep well of emotion.”
The film, presented by Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum, is more great evidence that LGBTQ people have always been a part of society.
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