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WATCH: Elizabeth Vargas chats with Dustin Lance Black about the timing of ‘When We Rise’

When We Rise has finished its four night run on ABC. But I just came across this powerful Nightline piece by Elizabeth Vargas that includes a good interview with Dustin Lance Black. They chat about how the airing of the eight-hour show coincides with the Trump administration’s rollback of guidelines protecting transgender students. Black also gets a bit choked up when talking about the portion of the series focused on the AIDS epidemic. He speaks eloquently about all the lives lost. If you missed When We Rise and don’t have it on DVR, it’s on Hulu and other streaming services.

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3 Remarks

  1. Gotten through part 1 and haven’t been able to move further since our niece insists on watching it with us lol. It’s a goodnight problem to have.

  2. March 5th, 2017 at 7:01 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    I watched the entire series and the documentary. Wonderful but sometimes painful memories came up while watching it. I was there for what was happening from 1977 on up to participating in the Pride events from that time in the 1970′s in San Francisco to the assassination of Moscone and Milk and lost several friends to AIDS. Very moving drama showing the different eras of fighting for our rights and the rights of others. It just drives home that our work is never done and our fight far from over. wonderful job by all the actors.

  3. As a straight allie this moved me so much. I was brought to tears which isn’t something that happens often. Growing up I never knew what gay meant until I was probably 10 which was in 94′. When I sat down with my grandma and watched Philadelphia. She knew people of the LGBT community and I never heard her bad mouth them once because she had 2 dear friends who she did stuff with. Plus I have those in my family who are gay. When We Rise helped me to better understand the struggles and the triumphs of this community. I’ve never really hidden the fact that I support equality even if my family disagrees because no one should be denied to find love. The fight will continue but together we can win.

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