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HBO Max Reveals Trailer For 4-Part Docu-Series “Equal”

HBO Max has released the official trailer for Equal, their four-part docu-series chronicling the untold events leading up to the Stonewall Uprising in New York City that began on June 28, 1969, and marked a massive shift in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. The series is narrated by Emmy, Tony, and Grammy-winning performer Billy Porter (PoseAmerican Horror StoryApocalypse), and will likely introduce viewers to a wide range of LGBTQ+ leaders and visionaries for the first time—portrayed by an incredible cast. The cast includes Emmy-winner Samira Wiley, Cheyenne Jackson, Anthony Rapp, Alexandra Grey, Shannon Purser, Heather Matarazzo, Jamie Clayton, Isis King, and Gale Harold.

Clockwise, l-r: Samira Wiley as Lorraine Hannsberry, Anthony Rapp as Harry Hay, Cheyenne Jackson as Dale Jennings, Jamie Clayton as Christine Jorgensen, Alexandra Grey as Lucy Hicks Anderson, and Gale Harold as Howard Smith. Courtesy HBO Max.
Clockwise, l-r: Samira Wiley as Lorraine Hannsberry, Anthony Rapp as Harry Hay, Cheyenne Jackson as Dale Jennings, Jamie Clayton as Christine Jorgensen, Alexandra Grey as Lucy Hicks Anderson, and Gale Harold as Howard Smith. Courtesy HBO Max.

Each of the four parts explores the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, from the very first organizations, the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively, through the trans experience in the 20th century, the 1966 Compton Cafeteria riots in San Francisco, the contributions from the Black community to the growing LGBTQ+ civil rights movement, and finally, to the Stonewall Uprising, the official beginning of the Pride movement.

Filmmaker Stephen Kijak (Sid & Judy) is the showrunner and director of episodes one, three, and four. Groundbreaking trans director Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) directs episode two.

Check out the trailer here. Equal premieres on October 22.

Here’s the official synopsis from HBO Max:

EQUAL will introduce viewers to a wide range of LGBTQ+ visionaries portrayed by the cast, many of whom identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Each part offers a distinct and connected chapter within the historical timeline: part one, “The Birth of a Movement,”explores the rise of early organizations, The Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively; part two, “Transgender Pioneers,” chronicles the 20th century trans experience, bookended by the 1966 Compton Cafeteria riots in San Francisco; part three, “Black is Beautiful, Gay is Good!” examines the contributions from the Black community on the growing LGBTQ+ civil rights movement; and part four, “Stonewall: From Rebellion to Liberation,” ties in the decades long struggles with the culminated Stonewall uprising – the beginning of the Pride movement.

Featured image: Billy Porter. Photo Credit: Shavonne Wong

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