Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant Re-Team On Gay Rights Miniseries “When We Rise”

The series will profiles modern leaders in the LGBT movement.

ABC has greenlit the eight-hour miniseries When We Rise, which the story of the latter generation of leaders in the LGBT equality movement.

The mini will re-team Oscar winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black with director Gus Van Sant, who executive produce the series and direct the first two episodes.


Milk’s executive producer Ben Cohen is also on board to produce.

According to When We Rise “chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. civil rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to its successes today.”

The miniseries has been in the works at ABC for two years, suggesting it was an outgrowth of the semi-autobiographical miniseries Black began writing for ABC about his Mormon upbringing and LGBT activism.

Black won an Oscar for the Milk screenplay, while Van Sant picked up a nomination for directing the biopic.

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