In the Life

Sun, 10/19/2008 - 11:00pm

Host Michael Billy.

The 17th season premiere episode of In the Life, "Civil Rites & Civil Rights", takes an in-depth look at the journey to marriage equality in America's most populous state, and the real possibility that this newly gained right could be erased with the passage of the Proposition 8 referendum in November. In "A Conversation With....", Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize editorial writer at the Washington Post talks with Julian Bond, Chair of the NAACP about the intersections of gay rights, civil rights, and marriage equality. The episode concludes with Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco presiding at the nuptials of a couple together for over 50 years, who could finally say "We're Married!" The new season of In the Life premieres Sunday, October 19 at 11 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11).

Since 1992, the Emmy-nominated newsmagazine In the Life has provided a national audience with in-depth coverage and analysis of art, news, history, culture, politics and trends from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Each half-hour episode contains segments highlighting youth and education, arts and culture, the media, human rights, religion and community development. A recurring segment, "Coming Out Stories," offers poignant and often funny first-person accounts of the touchstone experience of the LGBT community. The "Hidden Histories" segment focus on little-known, yet pivotal events and important people responsible for shaping the LGBT community.

In the Life is the television series documenting the lives and issues shaping the gay experience. Since its beginning in 1992, In the Life has earned a reputation for providing accurate, credible information to viewers seeking intelligent, provocative stories about the gay experience. Its mission is to provide information about the LGBT communities, document the ongoing LGBT civil rights movement, and produce diverse images of the LGBT community that foster understanding and acceptance.

In the Life accomplishes this in two ways: (1) by developing in-depth segments on a myriad of issues impacting LGBT life and its community — stories on politics, public policy, health, education, religion and spirituality, and (2) by developing fresh approaches to getting its episodes to the public. In the Life also fulfills its mission to 'provide' information that changes hearts and minds of people, locally and abroad, by educating them to the connections that exist between all of our communities.