When We Rise

In February a new seven-part mini series premieres in America about the early gay rights movement.

When We Rise

I’ve written about the Stonewall riots before, and this new series focuses on that time period. Written by Tom Daley’s fiance, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (who also directed two of the episodes) it is based on true stories of the brave LGBT community members who fought tooth and nail to be heard, and to be accepted. There’s also some big names involved as well, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Guy Pierce, Michael K Williams David Hyde Pierce, and Mary Louise Parker, to name just a few.

Dustin Lance Black has always been a strong vocal advocate for the gay rights movement, and it appears with this series he is showing how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go. I for one will be watching it when I can, and I hope with it being on the TV station ABC that it will also appear on Netflix soon after it’s release so UK viewers will have a chance to watch it.

The first trailer has just been released, and I must say I was actually quite choked up after watching it. It really hit home that people had to, and are still going through hell just to be accepted for who they are, and with the divisive US election still fresh in people’s minds, this series is coming at a time when a fresh struggle for our community is upon us. I hope that the younger generation of LGBT folks, will watch the show, and know that the type of freedom they have today is thanks to a generation that endured violence, seething hated and brutality, and who cried out that they had had enough and fought back. I don’t want to waffle on with a big piece so I’ll let the trailer speak for itself, and hope it touches you in the way it touched me.