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Dustin Lance Black Hopes His New Gay Movement Show 'When We Rise' Will Be 'Life-Saving'

Dustin Lance Black Hopes His New Gay Movement Show 'When We Rise' Will Be 'Life-Saving'

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has written every episode of the upcoming event series When We Rise in hopes of saving some lives!

“I think this is one of the first times a major, public network is pushing out stories the way it ought to get pushed out there,” the 42-year-old director and producer expressed while attending a special screening for When We Rise at the Castro Theatre on Monday (February 20) in San Francisco, Calif.

“It is brave and bold and life-saving because there are a lot of young people who feel alone tonight and two weeks from now, they won’t,” Dustin added (via ABC News).

Also in attendance at the screening was Dustin‘s fiance Tom Daley, stars of the series Rachel Griffiths and Austin McKenzie, as well as Charlie Carver and Kevin McHale.

When We Rise chronicles 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. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969 – Watch the trailer below!


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Credit: C Flanigan; Photos: Getty
Posted to: Austin McKenzie, Charlie Carver, Dustin Lance Black, Kevin McHale, Rachel Griffiths, Tom Daley

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  • Anthony Dingman

    Rise’s Timeline.
    Feb 22, 2017 12:50am
    I just saw the promo for your show. Regarding the background song- somebody made a BIG MISTAKE. The background music is the song “I’d Love to Change the World” written by Christian rock homo-hater Alvin Lee. Every gay person knows the lyrics because it espouses the idea that gays and lesbians are in the same league as “freaks” and that societies that allow us to exist are “insane”. It goes on to describe the hungry and poor as people that depend on the rich for food and therefore they will bankrupt the economy.

    It’s all right here to the lyrics to the song in your show’s promo:

    Everywhere is freaks and hairies
    Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
    Tax the rich, feed the poor
    Till there are no rich no more?

    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you
    Population keeps on breeding
    Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy

    Life is funny, skies are sunny
    Bees make honey, who needs money, Monopoly
    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you

    I get the impression your show is about civil rights struggles and human rights in general. If that’s the case, the song “I’d Love to Change the World” is the worst possible choice to represent that. Did you think nobody would notice? BIG MISTAKE.

  • Anthony Dingman

    Rise’s Timeline.
    Feb 22, 2017 12:50am
    I just saw the promo for your show. Regarding the background song- somebody made a BIG MISTAKE. The background music is the song “I’d Love to Change the World” written by Christian rock homo-hater Alvin Lee. Every gay person knows the lyrics because it espouses the idea that gays and lesbians are in the same league as “freaks” and that societies that allow us to exist are “insane”. It goes on to describe the hungry and poor as people that depend on the rich for food and therefore they will bankrupt the economy.

    It’s all right here to the lyrics to the song in your show’s promo:

    Everywhere is freaks and hairies
    Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
    Tax the rich, feed the poor
    Till there are no rich no more?

    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you
    Population keeps on breeding
    Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy

    Life is funny, skies are sunny
    Bees make honey, who needs money, Monopoly
    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you

    I get the impression your show is about civil rights struggles and human rights in general. If that’s the case, the song “I’d Love to Change the World” is the worst possible choice to represent that. Did you think nobody would notice? BIG MISTAKE.

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