What is the story about?
Equal features a combination of archival footage and various reenactments that focus on the LGBTQ+ rights movement in 20th century America and tells us a compelling story about the rebellions of the LGBTQIA community.
Docu-dramas, especially with reenactments and storytelling, can get cheesy, but Equal has some powerful stories to tell. Equal pays tribute to the rebels of the LGBTQIA community who put up a fight with the society and the system to be accepted and to dispel the taboos surrounding homosexuality. There are several names who have faded into oblivion, but their struggles are still relevant to the LGBTQIA. There is a compelling story of a trans man who was arrested for dressing differently, a gay rights activist and a drag performer who had a significant role to play in the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 and to the founding of The Mattachine Society that sought to improve the lives of gay men through discussion groups. The LGBTQIA community faces persecution even today in several parts of the world, but some parts have opened up and accepted them. Equal takes a look at history through the sexuality lens and how some members of the community fought tooth and nail to avoid persecution and be accepted as a part of society. Each story involves a lot of unseen footage, pictures, anecdotes, interviews about the various gay rights organizations and activists.
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Go for it! This docu-series is totally binge-worthy.