Netflix’s heartfelt documentary explores the lasting relationship between two ladies who stayed into the closet for more than 60 years.
The couple came across in 1947, at a hockey rink in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Terry Donahue had recently relocated to your U.S. To relax and play baseball — in a skirt — for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball that is now-famed League. Pat Henschel ended up being a sinewy farm kid from a home that is turbulent. They dropped in love, their swoony adoration immortalized in clandestine letters one to the other aided by the signatures torn through the base for the pages so no body could identify the authors later. Their passion needed to remain concealed from their loved ones: these were both ladies.
A Secret Love, director Chris Bolan not only chronicles the 62 wonderful and heartbreaking years the pair lived as spouses while remaining closeted, but also centers their experience within queer North American history, contextualizing their choice to hide their love from everyone but close friends in the LGBTQ community with his triumphant Netflix documentary.