Living in the Overlap

About This Episode


Living in the Overlap is the improbably true story of two girls growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, falling in love in the Midwest, and making a life together in North Carolina. Lennie is an attorney focusing on LGBT issues, and Pearl is a retired professor working on various political issues. They are surprised to have reached icon status for simply living their lives together.

The film, using public and private moments, provides an overview of how Lennie and Pearl met and fell in love before focusing on key episodes in their lives together - including defeating North Carolina’s anti-gay marriage amendment. Along with reflections and insights, they offer wisdom about enduring relationships like their own as they think of themselves as two circles, often overlapping, who are both independent and interdependent. After 46-years of living in the overlap, Lennie and Pearl still have an indelible spark.