Netflix’s ‘A Secret Love’ Explores A 6 Decade Lesbian Relationship

We’re already crying.

Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel kept their love secret for most of their lives, but now they’re ready to show it all.

The couple is the subject of a new Netflix documentary called “A Secret Love” that explores their more than 70 years together, tracing their relationship all the way back to 1947. Donahue and Henschel kept their relationship a secret for more than 60 of those years, telling friends and family that they were either good friends and roommates or cousins who lived together. The pair is currently still happily in love and together, living side-by-side in a retirement home.

“We always wore dresses, makeup — the whole thing,” Donahue says in the trailer. “Anybody who was not gay, they simply didn’t know.”


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Netflix’s “A Secret Love” is directed by Donahue’s great-nephew, Christopher Bolan (“Billions,” “Winter Kill”), and produced by Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “The Politician”). Based around the couple, the film also highlights the evolution of LGBTQ+ rights in America from the late-1940s to today.

“In a time where we are becoming increasingly disconnected from one another, I feel that stories such as Pat and Terry’s have never been more important,” Bolan told SXSW, the festival where the film was originally supposed to premiere.

After the film finished shooting, it was discovered and picked up by Blumhouse Productions, best known for horror like “Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge,” and “Get Out.”

“The love story between Terry and Pat is an inspiration and example to us all especially during this time where we are all looking to be uplifted,” Jason Blum, one of the documentary’s executive producers, told Time.

The beautiful documentary “A Secret Love” drops on Netflix on April 29th. Check out the heart-strings-grabbing official trailer below!

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