From Stonewall to the Supreme Court ruling of 2015, this new miniseries documents the fight for LGBT+ equality over the years.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

22 Nov 2016 - 12:57 PM  UPDATED 2 Mar 2017 - 2:27 PM

A powerful new trailer for an eight-hour miniseries When We Rise has been released today.

Written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black - whose name you may recognise as the writer of both Milk and this very shady tweet to Sam Smith - the show documents the fight of the LGBT+ rights movement and is partially based on the memoir of the same name by Cleve Jones.

Over the eight hours, we'll see "the personal and political struggles, set-backs 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 the once unfathomable successes of today." 

Gus Van Sant - one of the show's executive producers - also directed the two-hour premiere, which will be focused on New York City's 1969 Stonewall Riots.

From there, the show will cover the fight for LGBTQIA+ equality through the years, right up to the present day and the Supreme Court's marriage equality victory in 2015.

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But Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black aren't the only big names attached to the project. Aussies Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths both have starring roles, alongside TV royalty like Weeds' Mary Louise Parker and Fraiser's David Hyde Pierce, as well as Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg. 

I mean... What. A. Cast.

There's no word on an Australian air date yet, but it's set to air on ABC America in February, and definitely one to keep an eye out for.

Grab your tissues and watch the trailer below:

Episode one of When We Rise is streaming now, on SBS On Demand:

When We Rise is a part of SBS’s 2017 Mardi Gras season and is streaming now SBS On Demand. The series will then make its TV premiere on Saturday 11 March at 8.30pm on SBS. 

SBS will be streaming the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade live on Saturday, March 4 on SBS On Demand, and will then air our Mardi Gras special event - with commentary from our hosts, behind-the-scenes action and exclusive interviews - on Sunday March 5. In the meantime, you can keep up with all our Mardi Gras content here.