More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
August's IN THE LIFE Features Highlights from Your Favorite Episodes
This month on IN THE LIFE, a documentary series that showcases pioneers in the LGBT movement, features encore presentations of three stories from the series' archive. This month's episode, titled Twilight No More, highlights the groundbreaking work of The Trevor Project, candid interviews with two witnesses of the Stonewall Riots, as well as a segment following the work of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Founded in 1998 in West Hollywood, The Trevor Project is a national non-profit organization that provides a crisis and suicide prevention hot line for LGBT and questioning youth. Inspired by the short film Trevor, an Oscar-winning short film that told a unique story of a young boy facing constant anti-gay taunts in school and at home, The Trevor Project provides around the clock suicide prevention that has saved the lives of thousands of youth. Now in its tenth year, this organization continues to provide a safe space for teens, educators, and parents.
The second segment features interviews with Edmund White and Doric Wilson, writers who experienced the Stonewall Riots in New York in June of 1969. The riots, which were a series of demonstrations from members of the LGBT community who fought back against a system that persecuted LGBT people, were a crucial step forward in the movement towards LGBT equality. The two writers share first-hand experiences of the riots, and how witnessing the event forever changed their views on their work and politics.
The final segment follows the work of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a San Francisco-based performance art troupe founded in 1979. What started as a small group of gay men who adopted the attire of nuns in order to raise awareness of the rampant anti-gay conflict in the Castro still continues to promote equality globally. Using the power of parody to amplify the voices of the queer community through performance art, this trailblazing group works to promote respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment.
A preview of this month's episode can be viewed on IN THE LIFE's website.