In 1996 the academy of Television Arts & Sciences founded TV Cares, an organization of volunteers who bring to light the outstanding and responsible programming in the area of AIDS awareness and education. The New York based media Company, In The Life, is the recipient of the 2007 Ribbon of Hope Award. Michelle Kristel, Executive Director of In The Life says,
"This is a welcomed recognition by TV CARES of IN THE LIFE's early work in drawing attention to the greatest public health crisis in history – AIDS. With this prestigious award, the Academy is not only recognizing IN THE LIFE's history of illuminating people to the issues shaping the LBGT experience, but our commitment to presenting them in a way that raises public awareness among all communities."
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During the Reagan-Bush era and the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic it was still rare, even then, to see gay and lesbians in the media or in the public spotlight. However, responding to what many considered criminal negligence by these administrations in response to HIV/AIDS, gay people refused to retreat back into the closets and came out in force. In the days of this uproar and anger, John Scagliotti gathered friends around his kitchen table, and pioneered the idea of bringing real gay and lesbian faces to television. After this kitchen table meeting, In The Life was born.
Almost two decades later In the Life is still committed to documenting the gay experience.
"IN THE LIFE produces media that produces change for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. In an era of sound bite news, inch-deep celebrity profiles and reality shows, IN THE LIFE documents the full range of the gay experience and the issues that impact our lives and our communities through stories on politics and public policy, personal and community health, religion and spirituality, and more. Today IN THE LIFE can be viewed on our website 24/7 through video-streaming or downloadable podcasts. Not only does web-technology put the viewer in control of what/when/where to watch, IN THE LIFE viewers are no longer hostage to program managers who schedule our show at erratic times or not at all. IN THE LIFE's 15-year history proves that whatever the story is, we will cover it, and our viewers will be educated, motivated and empowered."
In the Life will receive The 2007 Ribbon of Hope Award on World Aids Day, December 1st 2007, at the Academy's Leonard H. Goldensen Theater in Los Angeles. Executive Director Michelle Kristel will be there to receive the award.
The team over at In the Life are ecstatic and grateful to receive this recognition. Dan Hunt, Executive Producer over at In The Life had this to say,
“As a public television program that’s been documenting the stories, issue and concerns of the LGBT communities for over 15 years, we’re honored to be recognized by the Academy for our coverage of the AIDS pandemic by receiving the Ribbon of Hope Award. We have the distinct privilege of reaching a diverse audience, and the responsibility to present information to the public in an unbiased and informative way. In addition to being a tremendous honor, receiving this award is a reminder of the profound power of the media to produce change, and that there continues to be a need for programming like IN THE LIFE.”
Congratulations to In The Life, their crew, production team and to all the gay and lesbian faces and voices who have had the courage to speak up throughout history.