JEB (Joan E. Biren)
Photo by Leigh Mosley
JEB is now available to make personal appearances with NO SECRET ANYMORE: THE TIMES OF DEL MARTIN AND PHYLLIS LYON To inquire, email:
JEB (Joan E. Biren), an internationally recognized documentary artist, began chronicling the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over 30 years ago. Recently she completed the film NO SECRET ANYMORE: THE TIMES OF DEL MARTIN AND PHYLLIS LYON. JEB's videos have been broadcast on public television and her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Schleisinger Library at Harvard University and the Academy of Arts in Berlin, Germany.
JEB is president of Moonforce Media, a non-profit video production company that specializes in serving progressive communities. As the video producer for the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, JEB was responsible for the giant screens on the Mall, a satellite feed to viewers around the world and A SIMPLE MATTER OF JUSTICE, the official March on Washington tape. With the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer, she produced the first lesbian video funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; REMOVING THE BARRIERS, used throughout the nation to train health care providers.
She is the author of two groundbreaking volumes of photography. EYE TO EYE: PORTRAITS OF LESBIANS (1979) is the pioneering photographic book that made lesbian existence visible as never before. MAKING A WAY: LESBIANS OUT FRONT (1987) is a vigorous affirmation of lesbian lives that portrays 125 women. In 1997 George Washington University organized a retrospective exhibition of her photographic work, QUEERLY VISIBLE: 1971-1991, which subsequently traveled around the country.
VIDEOS DIRECTED, WRITTEN AND EDITED BY JEB
2000 -- Women Organize! (24 minutes)
1999 -- Tools for Caring About Lesbian Health (18 minutes)
Barriers to Care for Lesbian Clients (7 minutes)
Schedule Your Checkup Now - PSA (30 seconds)
1998 -- My Sister's Place: The Turning Point (17 minutes)
1994 -- Speak Out: Stop Sexual Harassment (29 minutes)
1993 -- A Simple Matter of Justice: The 1993 March on
Washingtonfor Lesbian,Gay, & Bi Equal Rights
and Justice (56 minutes)
1993 -- DCGirls in Performance (24 minutes)
1992 -- Arab Women: Image and Reality (41 minutes)
1988 -- For Love and For Life: The 1987 March on
Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (56 minutes)
1986 -- Out of Bounds: A Lesbian Journey (45 minutes)
Selected Publications About JEB and with photographs by JEB
Article about JEB and 10 photographs by JEB in "Completely Queer: The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia," by Steve Hogan and Lee Hudson, Henry Holt & Company, 1998.
Article and 10 b/w photographs in "Uncommon Heroes: A Celebration of Heroes and Role Models for Gay and Lesbian Americans," edited by Philip Sherman and Samuel Bernstein; Fletcher Press, 1994.
Toward A New Social Documentary by Grant Kester, Afterimage #8, 1987.
Seen to Be Believed: Some Problems in the Representation of Gay People as Typical, by Richard Dyer, Studies in Visual Communication, Volume 9, #2, 1983.
Selected publications that include work by JEB
"Gender Nonconformity,Race, and Sexuality: Charting the Connections;" Toni Lester editor, University of Chicago Press; 2002 (1 b/w photograph p. 6).
"Forging Gay Identities: Organizing Sexuality in San Francisco, 1950-1994;" Elizabeth A. Armstrong; The University of Wisconsin Press; 2002 ( 1 b/w photograph p. 132).
"Homosexuality and Science;" Vernon A. Rosario; ABC-Clio, Inc.; Santa Barbara, CA; 2002(4 b/w photographs, pgs 172, 173,177, & 199)
"Everyday Mutinies: Funding Lesbian Activism;" Nanette K. Gartrell and Esther D. Rothblum editors; Harrington Park Press, New York, 2001 (article)
"My Dangerous Desires: a queer girl dreaming her way home;" Amber L. Hollibaugh, Duke University Press, Durham & London, 2000 (on cover and 3 b/w photographs, pgs. 88 & 89)
"Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History;" Harmony Hammond, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York, 2000 (1 b/w photograph and commentary)
"The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America;" Ruth Rosen, Viking/Penguin, New York, 2000, (7 b/w photographs)
"In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution;" Susan Brownmiller, The Dial Press, New York, 2000, (4 b/w photographs)
"Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts;" James Saslow, Viking /Penguin, New York, 1999 (1 b/w photograph).
"Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America;" Dudley Clendinen and Adam Nagourney, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1999, (7 b/w photographs and on cover of paperback edition).
"Gay and Lesbian Almanac;" edited by Neil Schlager; St. James Press, Detroit; 1998; (7 b/w photographs).
"The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History;" edited by Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith and Gloria Steinem; Houghton Mifflin, Boston; 1998; ( 7 b/w photographs and authored 2 articles).
"Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America;" edited by Molly McGarry and Fred Wasserman; Viking Penguin, New York; 1998; (2 b/w photographs).
"The New Our Right to Love;" edited by Ginny Vida; Touchstone Books, Simon and Schuster; New York; 1996; (8 b/w photographs).
"Prisons That Could Not Hold"; Barbara Deming with photo essays edited by Joan E. Biren; The University of Georgia Press; Athens, Georgia; 1995; new edition, originally published in 1985 by Spinsters Ink; (6 b/w photographs, plus edited two photo essays).
"The Question of Equality: Lesbian and Gay Politics in America Since Stonewall;" edited by David Deitcher; Scribner; New York; 1995; (9 b/w photographs, plus other stills used in the public television series of the same name).
"Out in All Directions: The Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America;" edited by Lynn Witt, Sherry Thomas, and Eric Marcus; Warner Books; New York; 1995; (11 b/w photographs, plus authored an article on The Furies).
"Out in America: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian Life;" edited by Michael Goff and the staff of Out Magazine; Viking Penguin; New York; 1994; (8 color photographs).
JEB has been a featured speaker at the NGLTF Creating Change Conference, the National Women’s Studies Association, the National Women’s Music Festival and the National Lesbian Physicians' Conference. She has spoken to academic audiences ranging from Radclyffe College to the Universities of Alabama, Oklahoma and Nebraska. JEB has appeared with her videos at festivals from Albany, NY to Olympia, WA. She speaks on various topics including lesbian and gay history; lesbian culture and mainstream representation; and the media and social change.
The American University, Washington, DC
Degree: MA in Communication, 1974
Honors: Graduated with Distinction
Nuffield College, Oxford University, Oxford, England
Degree: MA equivalent, D.Phil. program in politics and sociology,
1966 - 1970
Honors: Nuffield Studentship, 1966 - 1968
Mt. Holyoke College Class of 1905 Fellowship, 1966
Mt. Holyoke’s Mary E. Woolley Fellowship, 1968 - 69
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Degree: BA in political science, 1966
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Carnegie Fellowship for Summer Research
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