In the Life: Surviving the Past on WXXI-TV

In the Life: Surviving the Past on WXXI-TV

Sun, 10/24/2010 - 11:30pm

In the Life kicks off its 20th season looking into the future through the lens of the past.

In the Life: Surviving the Past airs Sunday, October 24 at 11:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

South Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Key West, are leading gay tourist destinations. Yet, on a legislative level, Florida remains one of the most homophobic states in the country. This month on IN THE LIFE, we look at Florida’s past and present struggles to overcome discrimination, and Liza with a Z speaks to The Lady In Question: Charles Busch.

In The States: Florida
In 1977, Florida’s Miami-Dade County passed a city ordinance protecting gay and lesbian citizens from discrimination. The law, remarkably progressive for its time, prompted Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children Campaign, one of the most virulently anti-gay crusades the country had ever witnessed. The clash between a gay-friendly beach community and the state’s religious conservatives foreshadowed a cultural divide that would widen in the coming decades.

IN THE LIFE travels to Florida to speak with Martin Gill, a foster father whose case is challenging Florida’s ban on gay adoptions, meet with openly gay Mayor Craig Lowe, and learn about the struggle toward legislative equality in the Sunshine State.

Gay icon and legendary star of stage and screen, Liza Minnelli, sits down with her friend, the actor and playwright, Charles Busch for a conversation about her career and life as a darling of the gay community.

IN THE LIFE, the longest-running television series documenting the gay experience, returns with new half-hour episodes dedicated to the myriad issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Each month, IN THE LIFE introduces compelling stories about LGBT people, their lives and the issues they face, with segments devoted to politics and public policy, personal and community health, religion and spirituality, and more. This season covers a range of topics and themes shaped by current events, as well as the changing political and social climate.