In the Life’s February episode profiles history’s unsung heroes

By |2018-01-16T06:39:50-05:00May 2nd, 2003|Uncategorized|

NEW YORK – From the Jazz Age to the civil rights movement, the February episode of In the Life profiles the unsung heroes of pre-Stonewall gay and lesbian history including celebrated jazz composer Billy Strayhorn and civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.
Hosted by music legend Lesley Gore, the February episode of ITL showcases several segments spotlighting men and women who have been overlooked by history because of their sexuality, including Duke Ellington’s musical partner Billy Strayhorn, civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin, jazz musician Billy Tipton who lived as a man after she was prohibited from joining a jazz band because she was a woman, and artist Romaine Brooks.
ITL also features Harvey Fierstein’s Out Takes where ITL’s outspoken commentator offers constructive criticism for gays and lesbians who shun the annual gay pride parades.
In the Life’s Feb. episode titled “Historical Blindness” will air on Detroit Public Television (WTVS Channel 56) Monday, Feb. 7 at 12 a.m. and on East Lansing’s WKAR (Channel 23) Thursday, Feb. 10 at 11 p.m. For more information or for other air dates, visit

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