Part 3 of 4. In the early 1990s, Cleve, Ken and Richard each battle HIV/AIDS. Cleve dedicates himself to creating the Names Project AIDS Memorial quilt; and Cecilia helps Ken enter a VA hospital for treatment, but “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” makes it challenging. Later, in 1997, Cleve realizes that he’s been pushed aside by modern LGBT rights organizations when they honor the president who signed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act over his objections.
“When We Rise” chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969.