Conclusion. In 2008, Cleve inspires the younger generation to march on Washington, D.C., to demand LGBTQ equality. Roma, meanwhile, fights for healthcare for all in San Francisco; and Ken strives to get the city to help fund a meal program at one of the first LGBTQ inclusive churches in the nation.
“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.