Posted on August 21, 2012
In the Life Media
On the Web - In the Life Media
To effect social change through innovative media that exposes injustice by chronicling lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender life and providing audiences with information on how to advance LGBT equality.
In the Life Media was established in 1991 — when few LGBT characters appeared on broadcast television and those who did were portrayed as stereotypes — with the aim of presenting real stories that reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. Initially produced as a variety show under the fiscal umbrella of the Media Network, "In the Life" premiered on six public television stations in 1992. Now a thirty-minute public affairs program presented by WNET and also available via the Internet, it is the longest-running national television show documenting the LGBT experience. Over the last twenty years "In the Life" has chronicled the full spectrum of LGBT life as well as historic moments, from the 1993 National March on Washington and the AIDS Memorial Quilt to profiles of Matthew Shepard and the Stonewall Riots.
Outstanding Web Features:
Visitors to the site can view episodes of "In the Life," the only independent TV series about LGBT issues on mainstream media, as well as Web-exclusive clips that supplement the shows by exploring an issue in more detail, including latest developments. At the beginning of each month, a new episode is posted, and shows can be browsed by topic or season. Television viewers can search program air dates by ZIP code and lists of stations by region. Visitors to the site also can participate in an hour-long online forum with a team of experts on a specific topic examined in a recent episode.
The site also aggregates news relevant to the LGBT community, and a blog examines current issues, profiles activists, highlights studies, and shares personal stories. Users also can sign up to receive e-alerts for programs, news, and events; support the cause; and browse resources — other organizations and projects working for equality — by topic.
Interim Executive Director: Ellen Carton
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