'In the Life' kicks off its fourteenth year with a lively and informative slate of profiles, ranging from the very beginning of the show years ago, to activists and cultural highlights of today; as well as the simple but ground-breaking quest of everyday people to live their respective real identities. Topics include an overview of the history of the show; an interview with chef Anita Lo in New York City; an outline of a documentary on a Catholic nun who has reached out to the gay community; and six people's personal stories of coming out to those around them. The episode is hosted by humorist and performer Kate Clinton. Also appearing are founding filmmaker John Scagliotti, former executive producer Charles Ignacio, and longtime host Katherine Linton. Together they take you through the long-running show's catalog of subjects, from the dawn of the AIDS crisis to the heartbreaking beauty of the memorial quilt; a variety of artists, including a glimpse of the pilot with its live performances; pride parades, rights marches, and the steadfast determination to enjoy and celebrate life to the fullest. The first of the new showcases is the restaurant of chef Anita Lo, who lives with her partner Jennifer Scism. The kitchen scenes will make you hungry right now. You can almost taste the oranges. 'Real to Reel' introduces us to a nun who broke with tradition to accept and work with the gay community. 'Coming Out Stories' presents six people and their decisions to let their friends and relatives know about their orientation. ITL reminds the viewer that arrival at this crossroads is both momentous and solidly normal. Once again, this show brings us the latest on events in the GLBT community, with a firm grounding in the details of the past. Intelligent and witty as always.moreless
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