When We Rise: “One Struggle. One Fight.”

When We Rise: “One Struggle. One Fight.”


“One struggle. One fight.”

That is the message of ABC’s four-part miniseries, When We Rise. The show tells the history of the LGBTQ Movement from about the late 1960’s to the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015. The series was based off the book, When We Rise: My Life in the Movement, written by social activist Cleve Jones. He recounts his experiences in the LGBTQ Movement in the book. The show follows the real-life experiences of his, along with those of his friends and fellow activists Roma Guy, Diane Jones, and Ken Jones. Their struggles defined that of so many others like them.

Many women, minority races, specifically black, and LGBTQ people were heavily discriminated against. Then, in the early 80’s HIV/AIDS became an epidemic, killing off many people. It became labeled as a “gay disease,” seeing that many of its victims had been homosexual men. It was a time of tragic loss for many as portrayed in the show.

People did not just sit idly by in the midst of all this chaos, however. Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Diane Jones, and Ken Jones were just few of many who stood up against the corruption. They fought for their rights. They fought for justice. Despite all the setbacks personally and politically, they fought on. They continue their fight even today.

When We Rise is a show of tragic loss, relentless hope, and the power of love. They drove the movement forward, and continue to do so. This is an inspirational show that proves no matter where you come from, no matter your cause, no matter who you are, we all share the same struggle, and we are all fighting the same fight.


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