When We Rise was written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. This ABC‘S mini-series event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs 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 it’s turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.
Is a very powerful, heartbreaking story that everyone should see. The series was filmed before Trump, so the series ends in a certain tone of hope that all things seems possible, which at this moment doesn’t seem so true and show us that all the battles that we can see portrayed in the series are not over yet. As it is mentioned in the series we must continue to fight, to continue to progress, but at this moment it seems that we are regressing and not progressing.
Starring in the mini-series are Guy Pearce as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker as women’s rights leader Roma Guy, Rachel Griffiths as her wife, social justice activist Diane, Michael K. Williams as African-American community organizer Ken Jones and Ivory Aquino as transgender-activist Cecilia Chung.
For me, the most frustrating thing is that, nowadays, after all the struggles and progress that have already been made, there are still people with such a retrograde mind. I can not understand the discrimination that still exists, not only in the LGBT community, but in everything that is different and makes people uncomfortable.
People should be more concerned about their own lives and let others be happy.