IN THE LIFE marks twenty years on public television celebrating and documenting the faces, voices and stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. This season premiere opens with analysis of New York’s vote for marriage equality and closes with a look back at twenty years of covering the culture wars.
In the States: New York
The season premiere highlights the ongoing series “In The States” that takes a hard look at New York’s historic vote for marriage equality: how it happened, who stood in the way, and where does the movement go from here.
The battle is not over. The legislature has voted. This is a creation of the legislature. It can be done away by the legislature. I think that the political class views this as a done deal and I’d think again as we’re seeing in Iowa and New Hampshire; that’s not correct. Brian S. Brown, president, National Organization for Marriage.
20 Years of Culture Wars
The public affairs program that pioneered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) visibility on television celebrates two decades of groundbreaking media that shatters stereotypes and exposes social injustice. “20 Years of Culture Wars” looks back at the show’s impact since its first airing on public television on June 9, 1992. The segment revisits the early seasons as a variety show and the shift to a news magazine profiling the lives of LGBT people while countering the messaging of the radical right at home and abroad. Today, IN THE LIFE continues to raise awareness by engaging viewers, supporting grassroots partnerships and educating policymakers around the country.
I think the function of ‘IN THE LIFE’ has been to show an LGBT world and an LGBT point of view of the world that is an invitation to come out. Kate Clinton, political humorist, family entertainer and the first host of IN THE LIFE
ABOUT IN THE LIFE MEDIA
In The Life Media produces change through innovative media that exposes social injustice by chronicling lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 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 two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, a Seigenthaler Award recipient from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for excellence in network television and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism-Newsmagazine.
ABOUT AMERICAN PUBLIC TELEVISION
IN THE LIFE is distributed by 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 WORLDcompass.org. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org. For more information on Create, visit CreateTV.com.
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