Karen Belz
Updated January 24, 2017 9:04 am
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It’s amazing when an actor gets to work on a project that’s deeply meaningful for them. During the Disney/ABC Television Group’s Winter 2017 TCA Press Tour, Mary-Louise Parker noted that AIDS and the LGBT community, both relevant in her new miniseries When We Rise, are both topics that she’s very familiar with.

While it’s so amazing to know that Parker is an advocate for the LGBT community, hearing more about why it’s so dear to her heart will make you a little emotional.

When We Rise is about the LGBT movement in America, and it focuses on the true stories of pioneers who made the movement so successful. Partially inspired by a book by activist Cleve Jones, it’s safe to say that the AIDS epidemic will have a significant mention in the overall story.

While anyone can catch this disease regardless of sexual orientation, it was quite often linked with the community decades ago.

Since the historical miniseries will get its start by focusing on the 1969 Stonewall riots, AIDS awareness will probably make an appearance somewhere within the show’s seven parts.

After an audience member asked if Hollywood would be “out of touch” about these issues, Parker stepped forward and got personal.

Parker actually grew up in Arizona and has made it known in other interviews that she never grew up around wealth or luxury — thus, she’s pretty relatable to the public, as far as actresses go.

We had no clue that Parker suffered such tragic events on such a personal level, but it definitely explains why this project was so important to her.

The series creator, Dustin Lance Black, is really hoping that his miniseries helps bring people together. It definitely sounds like it’ll be incredible — and you can check it out and see for yourself on February 27th, on ABC.