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LGBTQ rights miniseries “When We Rise” premieres on ABC

When We Rise, the long-awaited TV miniseries about the battle for LGBTQ rights, will finally premiere tonight at 9/8c.

Expectations and excitement are high for the series, marking a reunion for writer Dustin Lance Black and director Gus Van Sant, who last collaborated on Milk.

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Van Sant directs tonight’s two-hour episode.

The adaption of Cleve Jones’s memoir stars Guy Pearce (as a younger version of Jones), and Mary Louise Parker as women’s rights activist Roma Guy. Also rounding out the cast: Rachel Griffiths, who plays Guy’s wife, Whoopi Goldberg as Pat Norman (the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department), and Rosie O’Donnell as Del Martin (co-founder of the first lesbian organization in the country).

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Of the project, Black says:

It’s been the honor of my life to research and craft these stories of family, diversity and equality over the past three years. To have collaborators of this caliber sign on to help bring these stories to life is a tremendous vote of confidence, and I hope a testament to the relevancy and necessity of our continued march toward justice for all.

Check out the preview below:

https://youtu.be/UwvgMNE9ozg