‘When We Rise’ premieres tonight on ABC!
Are you ready?
Dustin Lance Black’s eight-hour miniseries When We Rise premieres tonight on ABC.
It will take a break tomorrow night (Trump addresses US Congress) then resumes broadcasting Wednesday through Friday in two-hour episodes.
It tells stories from the LGBTI rights movement beginning with the 1969 Stonewall Riots through today.
I’ve seen the first two hours which were directed by Gus Van Sant and it sets things up nicely so don’t miss it.
‘I’d give anything in the world for the series to be less relevant,’ Black tells Entertainment Weekly.
‘I know what it feels like this year. “Leaders” saying lives are less worthy of protection. I hope this show can be a road map for young people to know that they have forefathers and foremothers who faced backlash like this before and pushed back and won.
‘In no way is this series a history lesson. It’s torch.’
Black says his being an activist isn’t entirely from being a gay man dedicated to LGBT equal rights.
‘My mom was paralyzed from the age of 7, and the first anger I felt at watching someone be treated unfairly was when I realized how people were looking at her. I turned that anger into purpose.
‘I think I dedicate my life moving the needle towards the better treatment of people who are different.’