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 Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm

"In The Life" -- A 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Groundbreaking TV Series on PBS

Help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of the award-winning and Emmy-nominated series that shined a continuous, positive light on our community before it was in fashion.

The first and longest running series on American television devoted to LGBT topics, "In the Life" served for more than 20 years as a primary news and information source for social, political, and legal issues facing the LGBT community at a time before the mainstream media would do so.

The show openly celebrated culture and profiled political and religious leaders, activists, advocates, artists, writers, performers, and athletes who were making a difference in the lives of LGBT people.

The show’s team of technical staff and on-air talent provided national and state-level coverage of our legal and ideological battles for equal rights and protection under the law. The PBS public television network broadcast the series from 1992 to 2012. The entire archive of "In the Life" historical material is now held at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with the complete collection of "In the Life" episodes streaming from their website:

As a tribute to their original appearance on the pilot episode of "In The Life," the evening will begin with a musical presentation by the Lavender Light Gospel Choir.

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A fabulous group of former staff and others will share their reflections on the historic pilot, as well as the legacy of the groundbreaking series:

John Scagliotti, "In the Life" creator (and director of "Before Homosexuals")

Katherine Linton, "In the Life" on-air host and producer (and producer of "The Evolution Will Be Televised" for Logo)

Bob Diamond, director of the pilot "In The Life" episode

Jacqueline Gares, executive producer of "In The Life" (and director of "Free Cece!")

Charles Ignacio, executive producer of "In The Life" (and producer of "The Lady in Question is Charles Busch")

Desireena Almoradie, associate producer of "In The LIfe" (and director of "To Germany, With Love")

David P. Martin; director of membership and community relations for the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive (and author of "Dream Merchants: Making and Selling Films in Hollywood's Golden Age")

Madeleine Olnek, a member of the first live studio audience (and director and writer of "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same")

Maria-Elena Grant, a performer on the pilot episode as a member of the Lavender Light Gospel Choir.

The LGBT Center suggests a donation of $10, although all donations are voluntary and any amount is appreciated. All are welcome and no one is ever turned away because they can't afford to pay.

For information about this presentation and to buy tickets, see The LGBT Center.   

About The Second Tuesday Lecture Series (and the related Center Talks series)

The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. (When speakers can't present on the actual "second Tuesday" of the month, they appear under the related "Center Talks" banner.) Since 1985, more than 250 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway's Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations.

Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world.

About The LGBT Center

The Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1983. As the heart and home of NYC’s gay communities, more than 5,000 people a week visit The Center to participate in its dozens of social service, civic, and cultural programs. The Center has a long history as a cultural hub, with ongoing presentations that showcase the work of both emerging and established artists. In addition, the Center provides affordable meeting space for nearly 400 lesbian and gay groups, ensuring that a broad range of services is available in a central location.

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