ABC Plans Miniseries About Gay Rights Movement
ABC is going to air an eight-hour miniseries that documents the history of homosexual political activism, written by a well-known gay activist.
Dustin Lance Black, the writer and director of The Journey of Jared Price (2000) a same-sex romance, and Something Close to Heaven, a story of gay adolescents, will write the miniseries.
The miniseries is reputed to start with the 1969 Stonewall Riots, when a police raid on a gay bar precipitated violent protests from gays for days, and is scheduled for the holiday season.
Black, who is Mormon, is a co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group that backed the lawsuit to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage. He was the narrator for 8: The Mormon Proposition, which vilified the Mormon Church. He is alleged to be the only Mormon writer and producer of the HBO series Big Love, which featured a polygamous Mormon family.
ABC is also scheduled to air David France's How to Survive a Plague, a 2012 documentary centering on ACT Up and TAG, gay activist groups that organized protests in the 1980s.
Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for the American Family Association, told LifeSiteNews he expects Black's miniseries to paint a Manichean picture of the battle over gay rights. He said:
Given the people who are behind this project, you can count on two things: it will glorify the homosexual lifestyle by ignoring the numerous pathologies that are associated with it, and will paint conservative Christians as knuckle-dragging, hate-filled Neanderthals. In other words, it won't be remotely connected to reality.
Noting that the gay miniseries will be twice as long as the projected Hillary Clinton biopic, Fischer said, "It'll be twice as long as the Hillary Clinton biopic, and twice as fawning in the treatment of its subject."