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New show Equal releases star-studded trailer and shines light on LGBTI history

New show Equal releases star-studded trailer and shines light on LGBTI history

  • Anthony Rapp, Cheyenne Jackson, Samira Wiley, and Sara Gilbert are among the cast of new TV docuseries.
Cheyenne Jackson in Equal

One of the most eagerly-anticipated shows coming to screens this fall is Equal from HBO Max.

The four-part docuseries looks at some key moments in the progress of LGBTI rights in the US, from the turn of the 20th century to 1970.

Equal is produced by Scout Productions (Queer Eye), Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions, and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) and Todd Spiewak’s That’s Wonderful Productions. A trailer for the show hit YouTube released yesterday.

Bringing our history back to life

The series will mix previously-unseen archival footage and dramatic re-enactments. It will also feature a wealth of predominantly LGBTI talent.

Among those featured are Cheyenne Jackson (pictured top), playing Dale Jennings, and Anthony Rapp as Harry Hay. Jennings and Hay co-founded the gay rights group, the Mattachine Society, in the early 1950s.

Shannon Purser and Heather Matarazzo
Shannon Purser and Heather Matarazzo HBO Max

Shannon Purser and Heather Matarazzo will play Del Martin and Heather Matarazzo. The women founded of the first lesbian organization in the US, Daughters of Bilitis, in San Francisco in 1955.

Alexandra Grey in Equal
Alexandra Grey in Equal HBO Max

Sara Gilbert will play an anonymous reader of The Ladder, the lesbian publication produced by the Daughters of Bilitis. Samira Wiley steps into the shoes of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, while Alexandra Grey takes on the role of Lucy Hicks Anderson, one of the first documented black trans people in the US. Anne Ramsay, Theo Germaine, Jamie Clayton and Isis King also feature.

Equal hits screens October 22, during LGBTQ History Month in the US.