Outside of the life and writings of mainstream names such as Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde and James Baldwin, there are very little primary sources and first person accounts of what life was like for Black LGBTQ people during the time period of the 1950s and 1960s.
Many of the state-level organizations lack the resources of larger, national LGBT advocacy organizations. Through "In the States," In the Life Media has done them a crucial service. These organizations now have media tools that they otherwise might not be able to afford.
I immediately realized the potential for a program like In the Life: if people got to know our community -- really know us, in all of our diversity and humanity -- it would be much harder to turn a blind eye to the suffering of their LGBT family and friends, or to vote for anti-LGBT laws.
Hate speech against gay people is embedded in our culture. The most radical voices claim that gay people are a threat to our children and country. What many don't realize is that these messages are crafted by a well-resourced media machine.