September's IN THE LIFE addresses the political side of inequality by taking a look at Barack Obama's presidency, and the lack of change that was promised on The Defense of Marriage Act, The Employee Non-Discrimination Act, and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." This episode also features and interview with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and two service members who were discharged under the discriminatory policy.
The segment titled "The Politics of Progress" spotlights Barack Obama's involvement in LGBT equality and whether or not he will fulfill his promises to advance the political movement towards full equality. While Obama has signed memorandums to expand the benefits of same-sex partners as well as broadening federal protections to the victims of hate crimes, he has not yet fulfilled many of the promises that won him the LGBT community's vote in 2008. As a result of the frustration of many in the LGBT community, new equal rights groups are developing new tactics to push forward towards equal rights.
In the final segment, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) interviews David Hall, a former cadet in the US Air Force, and Julianne Sohn, a former Marine officer. Both David and Julianne were discharged under the discriminatory policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" which continues to discharge qualified and invested LGBT service members.
This month's IN THE LIFE began airing on September 1st. To find out where it is on in your area or to download the episode, go to the IN THE LIFE website.