Watch The First Trailer For The Epic Gay Rights Miniseries "When We Rise"

The series is written by Dustin Lance Black and executive produced by Gus Van Sant.

The first trailer for the eight-part gay rights miniseries When We Rise has dropped and it seems to be apropos for these politically turbulent times we are currently living in.

The miniseries was written by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, executive produced by Gus Van Sant (who directed the two-hour premiere episode) and has a star-studded cast including Guy Pearce, David Hyde Pierce, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlie Carver, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell.


The series “tells the tale of a family of individuals that helped pioneer one of the last legs of the LGBT movement of the 20th century" starting with the 1969 Stonewall Riots.


“It’s been the honor of my life to research and craft these stories of family, diversity and equality over the past three years,” Black said in a statement. “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.”

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10: Creator/Executive Producer Dustin Lance Black of the television show 'When We Rise' speaks onstage during the Disney-ABC portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

"Loud and clear, I want to say this show is under attack from the alt-right," Black said at the Television Critics Association panel on When We Rise. "But this show is not a war. We are not against anyone. This shows how we are related. It's a conversation about what its like to be a minority in this word and how important it is for us to work together for equality."

Check out the rousing trailer below.

When We Rise debuts February 27 on ABC.

h/t: The Playlist

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