ABC’s miniseries “When We Rise” is pushing the boundaries of network television, chronicling the real-life struggle of a diverse LGBT family.

“I know we’re living in some pretty divisive times,” executive producer and creator Dustin Lance Black told Hot Topics. Black is a member of the LGBT community, and grew up in a what he callas a very conservative, Southern household.

“I think that there is a common language. I think we’ve got a lot in common,” said Black. “I grew up watching ABC. It’s the station my mom would let me watch unattended. It was the family station. So when I heard four years ago that ABC was interested in telling and LGBT history, I thought, ‘Oh boy, I’m going to tell some LGBT history. But more than that, I’m going to introduce my Southern family to my LGBT family, because it’s about time we do that.'”

Black says he hopes the miniseries helps build bridged between different communities in America.

“There are so many misconceptions about LGBT people and I’m hoping that this helps dispel some of those myths,” said Black. “I don’t think most people are bigoted. I think that, like my mom who at first was homophobic, once she got to know me and my friends, she realized those things she has heard weren’t true.”

Black hopes that everyone who sees the show can learn something.

“We named it ‘When We Rise’ for a reason,” said Black. “This isn’t I rise, or you rise, or even LGBT people rise… The ‘we’ goes beyond anything LGBT. These characters are based on real people who fought for racial equality, for peace in this world, for women’s equality. The ‘we’ goes beyond anything LGBT.”

“When We Rise” premieres on Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m.


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