Alim Kheraj
Updated Nov 23, 2016 @ 3:06 am
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Now more than ever it’s important to pay attention to the struggles of minority groups, which is why we can’t wait for ABC’s upcoming LGBTQ rights movment drama When We Rise.

The show is the brain child of Oscar winning scriptwriter Dustin Lance Black, who penned the screenplay for the 2008 biopic about Harvey Milk, and is based on the memoir of the same name by Cleve Jones.

Coming to ABC in February, When We Rise is a mini-series that follows the LGBTQ rights movement from its infancy in the 20th century with the Stonewall Riots up to modern day and the battle for equal marriage.

Now the first trailer for the mini-series has debuted and it looks incredible.

The drama stars Guy Pearce as gay rights activist Cleve Jones, who was a contemporary of Harvey Milk and who later founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and led the National March for Equality in 2009.

The upcoming mini-series also stars Mary-Louise Parker will play women’s rights leader Roma Guy, who helped found the San Francisco Women’s Building, Whoopi Goldberg as Pat Norman, the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department, and Rosie O’Donnell as Del Martin, who started one of the first lesbian organizations in the country.

A passion project for Dustin Lance Black, who is also engaged to British Olympic diver Tom Daley, When We Rise also sees the screenwriter join forces with director Gus Van Sant.

The duo previously worked together on Milk, and Van Sant will direct the series’ two hour premiere and act as executive producer on the show.

Given the current political and social climate which has seen hate crimes in the country increase, dramas and work like When We Rise are so important to remind and draw attention the the plights of minority groups like the LGBTQ community.

When We Rise comes to ABC in February 2017.