HBO Max just dropped the trailer for Equal, their must-see new docudrama series chronicling the genesis and evolution of the LGBTQ+ movement. Narrated by Emmy-winning actor Billy Porter, the four-part series will feature archival footage alongside dramatic recreations by notable queer stars like Cheyenne Jackson, Samira Wiley, Anthony Rapp, Shannon Purser, Gale Harold, Sarah Gilbert, Heather Matarazzo, Jamie Clayton, and Isis King.
“Equal honors the rebels of yesteryear with never-before-seen archival footage along with stylistic depictions that bring to life the gripping and true backstories of these leaders and unsung heroes,” HBO Max said in a press release.
According to HBO Max, the series is divided into four chapters that cover distinct periods in the historical timeline of the LGBTQ+ movement. Part one “The Birth of a Movement” explores the origination of groups like The Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis. Part two “Transgender Pioneers” looks at the 1966 Compton Cafeteria riots in San Francisco and the early fight for trans rights and acceptance. Part three “Black is Beautiful, Gay is Good!” reveals the instrumental role the Black community played in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. The series concludes with part four “Stonewall: From Rebellion to Liberation” which shows how the previous struggles culminated in the seminal event in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights.
Among the series’ executive producers are Scout Production, Greg, Berlanti, and Jim Parson. Directorial duties for all four episodes was split between Kimberly Reed and Queer Eye‘s Stephen Kijack, who directed episodes one, three, and four.
All four episodes of Equal premiere October 22 on HBO Max. You can check out the official trailer below.