Queer Trailblazers Fight Back in First Trailer for HBO Max’s “Equal”

Billy Porter will narrate the four-part docuseries.

HBO Max is opening up those history books.

Last year, the streamer announced that it had commissioned Equal, a four-part docuseries about LGBTQ history. Back in August, we got our first look at the out celebrities who will be transforming into some of our community’s most impactful historical figures.

Now, HBO Max has debuted a new trailer for Equal, showing celebs like Cheyenne Jackson and Keiynan Lonsdale portraying queer trailblazers fighting back against oppression.

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The four-part series will feature never-before-seen archival footage along with dramatized depictions of the trailblazers and heroes from the modern queer rights movement. Episode 1 explores the rise of the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis; Episode 2 focuses on the 20th-century transgender movement, including the 1966 Compton Cafeteria riots; Episode 3 highlights contributions from the Black community to the growing LGBTQ civil rights movement; and Episode 4 tackles the Stonewall Riots and the beginning of the Pride movement.

In addition to premiering the new preview, HBO Max also announced that Pose star Billy Porter will be narrating the series. All four episodes will drop on October 22 in honor of LGTBQ History Month.

“In June, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which shepherded in a new era for LGBTQ+ pride,” said Jennifer O’Connell, HBO Max’s executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids programming. “While we know the story behind that fateful summer night, there’s a lot of fascinating, untold history of the patriots, artists, and thinkers who paved the way. It’s time to share their heroic tales.”

Check out the full trailer for Equal below.

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