August 26, 2020
HBO Max has released the actors set to portray iconic LGBTQ+ activists in the upcoming four-part docuseries “Equal,” premiering as a binge drop in October 2020 during LGBT History Month.
The cast will play a handful of trailblazers recognized for their unrelenting fight for justice and equality in the queer community of post-war America and the pre-Stonewall uprising. Included in the cast are Cheyenne Jackson, Anthony Rapp, Shannon Purser, Heather Matarazzo, Jamie Clayton, Isis King, Samira Wiley and Gale Harold.
“Equal” honors the rebels of yesteryear with never-before-seen archival footage along with stylistic depictions that bring to life the backstories of these leaders and unsung heroes. Over the course of the series, viewers will meet a wide range of LGBTQ+ visionaries portrayed by the cast, many of whom identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Part one explores the rise of early organizations, the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.
Part two chronicles the 20th century trans experience, bookended by the 1966 Compton Cafeteria riots in San Francisco.
Part three examines the contributions from the Black community on the growing LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.
And part four ties in the decades long struggles that culminated in the Stonewall uprising — the beginning of the Pride movement.