March 2011: IN THE LIFE “Our Bodies, Our Rights”

Episode Summary

LGBT youth who go through the juvenile justice system are likely to encounter discrimination and abuse. In our lead segment, “Juvenile Injustice,” IN THE LIFE features the stories of youth in ill equipped correctional institutions and the advocates who are fighting for change. Next, young people are transcending the boundaries of gender-normative behavior more than any previous generation, but our schools continue to enforce traditional gender roles and dress codes. “Policing Gender” looks at the consequences young people face for not conforming to gender “appropriate” dress and behavior in school and at home.

Juvenile Injustice

In The Life Media Broken System Equals Broken Hearts

When it was time to see the judge my aunt had the option of taking me back but she said, ‘No, I don’t want him.’  Which I was very grateful for because there was no way I wanted to be back with her.  I went back to my cell for another month.  – George del Rio

Juvenile Injustice: Part 1

Juvenile Injustice: Part 2

Policing Gender

In The Life Media March 2011 Carson Kressley

Our schools need to be a place where people feel like they can thrive and be who they are and be their most successful version of themselves. – Carson Kressley

Our Bodies, Our Rights” will premiere on air and online beginning on March 1, 2011. To find out when it airs in your area or to stream or download the video, visit the In The Life Media website: This episode or any other In The Life Media program can be enjoyed on your smartphone by texting DEBUT to 69866. (Standard messaging rates may apply.)

In The Life Media Producers of In The Life

Produced by In The Life Media, IN THE LIFE is the longest running television show documenting the gay experience. IN THE LIFE is a three-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, and the recipient of the Courage Award from the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, the Seigenthaler Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for excellence in network television and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism-Newsmagazine.

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. In 2009, APT distributed 56 of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create® – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit For more information on Create, visit

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