A chronicled re-telling of the gay rights movement in the United States, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969.
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Series cast summary:
 Diane Jones (4 episodes, 2017)
 Young Cleve Jones (4 episodes, 2017)
 Roma Guy (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Young Roma Guy (4 episodes, 2017)
 Young Ken Jones (4 episodes, 2017)
 Cleve Jones (4 episodes, 2017)
 Young Diane Jones (4 episodes, 2017)
 Ken Jones (4 episodes, 2017)
 Richard (3 episodes, 2017)
 Cecilia Chung (3 episodes, 2017)
 Young Man (3 episodes, 2017)
 Dr. Jones (3 episodes, 2017)
 Pat Norman (2 episodes, 2017)
 Chad Griffin (2 episodes, 2017)
 Del Martin (2 episodes, 2017)
 Sally Gearhart (2 episodes, 2017)
 Dr. Marcus Conant (2 episodes, 2017)
 Phyllis Lyon (2 episodes, 2017)
 Tom Ammiano (2 episodes, 2017)
 Ricardo Canto (2 episodes, 2017)
 Marvin Feldman (2 episodes, 2017)
 Scott Rempel (2 episodes, 2017)
 Jean (2 episodes, 2017)
 Sylvester (2 episodes, 2017)
 Eloise (2 episodes, 2017)
 Cleve's Mom (2 episodes, 2017)
 Shoshanna (2 episodes, 2017)
 Senior Advisor (2 episodes, 2017)
 Richard Socarides (2 episodes, 2017)
 Tomi (2 episodes, 2017)
 Old Army Vet (2 episodes, 2017)
 Lesbian (2 episodes, 2017)
 Tim (2 episodes, 2017)


A dramatization of the real life San Francisco centered fight for LGBT rights from 1972 to 2015 is presented, the LGBT community which arguably has had the most numerous organized campaigns against them of any minority group to suppress those rights in the United States during that time period. It focuses on the advocacy and other supportive work of four individuals, Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Diane Jones and Ken Jones, whose experiences focus on different aspects of the issue. Cleve's story focuses primarily on the political and legislative fight for gay and ultimately LGBT rights. Roma's story focuses primarily on her fight for women's rights, especially safe places for women, within that where she as a lesbian fits, ultimately a fight for universal health care in San Francisco, and her personal relationships particularly with Diane. Beyond that relationship with Roma, Diane's story focuses on her work as a nurse in caring for AIDS patients, and her want as a lesbian to have a child. ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

27 February 2017 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In episode two the movie Fame was mentioned and how a gay character in the movie was played by a straight actor. Michael DeLorenzo who plays Jose Sarria was a principal dancer in Fame. Paul McCrane also played a gay character in Fame. See more »


Featured in When We Rise: The People Behind the Story (2017) See more »

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Defied Expectations
6 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I just finished watching the premiere episode and I must say, I was very impressed. I was on the fence about watching this because I read a few semi-negative/average reviews of the series. However, all I'm going to say is I strongly disagree with calling this series anything other than excellent thus far. Especially when you compare it to what else is out there. I definitely came in with relatively average expectations, but was very pleasantly surprised. I'm glad a few reviews didn't dissuade me from watching a great series. You can tell ABC put in a good amount of time, effort and resources to make this and it shows in the superb quality of the content they produced. I highly recommend you give this series a shot. Especially if you're on the fence like I was, because you might just end up really liking it. UPDATE: Just finished the series and I loved it! Especially the last two episodes. It was a great overview of LGBTQ+ history and how it got to be where it is today

  • while still making it interesting and highlighting the three main
activists in the story Roma, Cleve & Ken.

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