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ABC's Gay Rights Movement Miniseries Heading into Production

When We Rise will reunite Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant, the writer and director of Milk

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ABC has given the green light to an eight-hour miniseries which will chronicle the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community's civil rights movements, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The drama, titled When We Rise, has been in development for over two years. The miniseries will reunite writer Dustin Lance Black and director Gus Van Sant, who previously worked together on Milk, the Oscar-winning biopic about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. Black is writing the script for and Van Sant will executive-produce and direct the series' two-hour first installment.

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The series will track key players in the gay rights movement from the Stonewall Riots, which is considered the inciting incident of the movement, through the present day.

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