When We Rise (2017)
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Night III: Parts IV and V 

Part IV. 1992. The gay male and lesbian movements are merging closer and closer to being one cohesive and supportive family. The AIDS epidemic has devastated the gay male community, with ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Jones
Roma Guy
Cleve Jones
Ken Jones
Young Cleve Jones
Young Roma Guy
Young Ken Jones
Young Diane Jones
Chad Griffin
Dr. Jones
Carole Midgen
Dr. Charles W. Socarides
Dr. Marcus Conant


Part IV. 1992. The gay male and lesbian movements are merging closer and closer to being one cohesive and supportive family. The AIDS epidemic has devastated the gay male community, with Cleve, Ricardo, Ken and Richard all having tested positive for the virus, some having been close to death, but all who have watched most of their gay friends die. Both Cleve and Ricardo, and Ken and Richard have vowed to each other that they will stay with each other to the end, through what will most likely be a painful death. Those vows may be difficult to keep if and when the time comes. In their own individual health situations, Cleve has so far refused to take AZT, wanting to feel better without the drug than feel crappy with the drug, with no real proven evidence that the drug will prolong life. Cleve may have to go to "the other side" to get access to more promising experimental drugs. He will get some unexpected support in the matter. And under changing circumstances, Ken decides he has no ... Written by Huggo

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15 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Imagine being a teenage girl with 2 mothers, just meeting your father, and having to explain to your peers what is going on in your home and being bullied by others around you about it. This episode nails this one very well. Too often kids in school find out too much about their classmates and are not mature enough to understand the information. Then they mess up everything in their lives because of their ignorance.

It shows what happened in schools before the attention to bullying of the past few years happen. A teenage girl accuses one of her girlfriends of trying to hit on her because she lives with 2 mothers, even though her perception of being hit on is questionable at best. What is interesting is that being too sensitive is presented here as a problem which can very well apply to many male- female problems.

For example, leering at someone is considered taboo. Hugging someone can be totally harmless but sometimes folks over react thinking there is something more to a hug than what it is. Now that we have a more elderly population, there are times that an elderly Grandfather might grope a younger person and the younger person makes it into more than it really is. I mean that it is possible this might happen and the Grandfather might be at the onset of Alzheimers or Dementia and not even remember doing it. Often the younger person goes crazy and lets this obsess them for years.

The younger person should go for counseling and let go of any one time this happens. If it happens more than once, and becomes more advanced, then the younger person knows the problem is beyond the onset of Alzheimers or Dementia as repeat attacks prove the person knows what they are doing and is a pattern. Once is not enough information.

The best thing about this series is addressing the Gay issue, ignorance is rampant. This teenager with 2 moms issue is addressed well as it shows the damages of ignorance and how things can be handled.

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