When We Rise

  • The LGBT community's most eagerly awaited television event comes to small screens with the Feb. 27 premiere of "When We Rise," an epic, all-star docudrama about the early days of San Francisco's equality movement.

  • ABC TV's "When We Rise" covers a lot of ground. The eight-hour presentation, which premieres on ABC TV on Feb. 27, begins in 1972 and ends in 2015, when the United States Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The series, which will air over four nights, tells the deeply personal backstories of a diverse group of LGBT people who came to San Francisco looking for a safe haven from a homophobic world. They not only find home, they help launch a worldwide movement.

  • Most non-activists only know of Cleve Jones for his work with the AIDS Quilt. From his start as Harvey Milk’s “street lieutenant,” Jones has helped to create the LGBT and HIV communities. His memoir, “When We Rise,” tells that story.

  • It’s almost always a good thing to see stories of LGBT lives and history appear in mainstream media. Unfortunately, as is so often the case when presenting politically-charged historical narratives in the mainstream, especially to majority straight audiences, the writer’s own biases are often easy to detect. 

  • Currently in production at ABC TV is an eight-hour miniseries titled "When We Rise." Scheduled to air early in 2017, "When We Rise" will chronicle the history of the LGBT equality movement from the Stonewall Riots in 1969 through to the present day.