When We Rise (Limited Series)

Release Date: February 27, 2017  |  TV/Digital Series - Limited  |  ABC

The story of the U.S. gay rights movement from its early stages to current legislative successes.

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“The group of guests join When We Rise regulars Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams and and Ivory Aquino, plus previously announced guest stars Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare and David Hyde Pierce. When We Rise — hailing from Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black — chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Pearce will star as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, who joined the gay liberation movement in 1972 and was befriended by pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. Parker will play women’s rights leader Roma Guy, who co-founded the San Francisco Women’s Building, and Griffiths will play her wife, social justice activist Diane, who joined the Women’s Movement in the 1970s in San Francisco. Williams will portray African-American community organizer Ken Jones, and Aquino will play the role of transgender activist Cecilia Chung.” — Variety

Organizations that work on LGBTQ rights can highlight stories from this limited series to educate their audiences about the history of the movement, and inspire the continuing work. Follow When We Rise online at @WhenWeRiseABC and #WhenWeRise.