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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #273 - culture, "When We Rise": a series on the conquest of LGBT rights (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 5 Jul 2017 07:24:21 +0300


This eight-episode series aims to track the history of LGBT rights (lesbians, gays, bi and trans) in the United States. ---- Quickly, the series is structured around the figure of Cleve Jones, an American historical activist who fought alongside Harvey Milk, the first homosexual councilor and gay rights activist in San Francisco. ---- Jones, who is credited as consultant of the series, rules in passing some accounts especially with the radical militancy of Act Up. This is where one of the main pitfalls of the series resides. The roots of the gay riots in Castro - the historic gay community in San Francisco - quickly replaced a description of the arcana of the institutional game of LGBT lobby groups from the 1990s. The perpetual balance between activism and Institution is then erected in ideal mode of struggle.

The very form of the series will eventually recall the feel good movies. Paradoxically, this is where the main interest of When We Rise lies . Its broadcast in prime time on a channel as influential as ABC will have made it possible to popularize a history of the LGBT with a wide public. Perhaps a certain classicism was necessary in order to see and know what police violence can be, to understand how each progressive progress will be systematically challenged, to understand that racism and poverty aggravate homophobic discrimination.

The episodes taking place during the deadliest episode of the AIDS epidemic show what a war can be like in peacetime. If the massacre could initially break the solidarity and unleash homophobes, the urgency of the drama and the struggle for survival will influence the struggles and will mark the spirits until today. But the work, especially of Act Up, in connection with the other decimated communities (users and drug users, prostitutes ...) and the empowerment of seropos in the understanding of the disease seems to us to be flown in the series. It is definitely not this story that he was chosen to tell.

But the most activists and activists will be curious and curious to see the role played by the unions in extending the rights of access to health conquered by LGBT people to the whole population of San Francisco. They will also have the opportunity to recall how non-mixing was a major tool for the emancipation of women since the 1970s.

In the course of the episodes, it will be noticed the difficult recognition of a common destiny by LGBT activists between themselves and themselves. Given the narrative time that is given for each of these different components, we will see the extent of the road that remains to be traveled for equality in recognition of histories and legitimacy.

A narrative of our struggles is now accessible to the greatest number. The other stories of the movement remain to be written as we have to conquer our rights when we rise.

Brassac (Paris South)

Dustin Lance Black, When We Rise, 8 episodes miniseries, 2017.

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Serie-When-We-Rise
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