IN THE LIFE DEBUTS REMAINING VIGILANT: A LOOK AT LOCAL BATTLES FOR LGBT EQUALITY AT THE STATE LEVEL
New York, May 1, 2012 –Tonight, public television stations nationwide will begin broadcasting Remaining Vigilant, an episode from the award-winning newsmagazine IN THE LIFE. The episode features two installments of In The States, an ongoing series covering local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists campaigning for equal rights and protections at the state level.
In The States: Iowa brings IN THE LIFE to the American heartland where, in an attempt to repeal marriage equality, social conservatives have used unprecedented tactics in a campaign with national implications. Iowa poses an important question to the rest of the country: Should voters decide whether gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry?
Also in this episode, IN THE LIFE heads to Ohio, a state with few legal protections for LGBT people. Ohio legislators not only banned same-sex marriage, but barred unmarried state employees from receiving benefits for domestic partners; it is legal to fire LGBT people in Ohio because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; and transgender Ohioans lack the most basic civil rights. In this look at the LGBT experience in a state where progress is slow, we meet locals with deep ties to their community committed to a long battle in the state that they love.
On May 1st, Remaining Vigilant begins airing on public television stations across the country and will be available for free video streaming from the In The Life Media website. To find out when it will air in your local area, or to stream it, go to ITLMedia.org.