Film: Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives


Just over two decades ago, Canadian filmmakers Lynne Fernie and Aeryln Weissam premiered the documentary Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives. The film explores the discrete lives of lesbians during the 1940s, 50s and 60s and the impact of lesbian pulp fiction, mid-20th century novels exploring lesbian themes. The film features interviews, video clips, and photographs, especially compelling considering the time period, the pre-Stonewall era, when very little women’s rights existed and even fewer gay women’s rights.

Forbidden Love documents an interesting segment of LGBT history and went on to receive the GLAAD Media Award and the Genie Award for Best Documentary. Then, it disappeared. Due to legal conflicts concerning the archival footage, photos, and music used, the film could not continue circulating. But now, the award-winning classic has been re-mastered and is finally available for new viewers worldwide to enjoy for the first time in over 20 years.

Catch a glimpse of lesbian history in Forbidden Love, now available for rent or purchase on WolfeOnDemand, a leading source for films with LGBT content.

Burning Question

Have you ever been in a “forbidden love” situation?


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