Forward & Out is a thirty-minute interview-style television show covering diverse topics about the LGBT community. It began production in the fall of 1993, and its first episode was aired in January 1994. At its peak, the show was broadcast to 1,200,000 households primarily within the NY/NJ/CT Tri-State area via cable, and over-the-air as far away as Philadelphia. The last airing of the show was in early 1997. The show was entirely volunteer-driven and was supported by The LOFT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Services Center in White Plains, New York, as well as by various LGBT-owned or -friendly businesses.
I was Forward & Out's Executive Producer, and I also wrote, produced and directed most of the shows. Professionally, I was and still am a freelance photographer and owner of Katharine Andriotis Photography, LLC kaphotollc.com and kaphotollc.wordpress.com
A number of very talented and hard-working people joined me to make Forward & Out a very interesting and successful show. Most notably was the show's Senior Producer Valerie Barnes (who was and still is owner and cinematographer at valeriebarnesfilm.com), as well as the show's hosts who alternated their on-air appearances and who also produced, wrote, and worked in various other behind-the-scenes capacities: Eileen Karn (an acupuncturist), Sandra Gonzalez (at the time an associate producer at Thirteen/WNET), and Robert Rizzo (a performer and student at the time).
The entire catalog of shows, 49 episodes, has been transferred from the original 3/4 inch tape format to digital so that Forward & Out will be preserved and viewable globally via the internet. The show will now be able to assume its rightful place in LGBT history as one of the first television shows about, by, and for the community.
Many thanks to Jim Kenny, Executive Director of White Plains Cable Television Access where Forward & Out was produced, and where the show was recently and painstakingly transferred by Jim and his staff from its original format to digital media.