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Jim Parsons Teams Up with 'Love, Simon' Director for LGBTQ Docuseries on HBO Max

Monday Oct 21, 2019
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Jim Parsons is working with Greg Berlanti, the director behind "Love, Simon," to create a docuseries about the LGBTQ movement called "Equal" that will air on the upcoming streaming service HBO Max, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The four-part series will follow the biggest moments of the LGBTQ movement. Each episode will be an hour long, following the highs and lows of historical events queer people have faced. THR writes the show will spotlight "events that have not yet been given their due." "Equal" will also feature "high-end re-enactments and never-before-scene footage and will capture the emotions of the times with messages just as relevant as today."

A number of LGBTQ leaders will be featured in the show, including Harry Hay, the Daughters of Bilitis, Christine Jorgensen, and Bayard Rustin. THR reports the fourth episode will follow the Stonewall Riots from start to finish as well as the first Pride event, which took place a year after those events.

"In June, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which shepherded in a new era for LGBTQ+ pride. While we know the story behind that fateful summer night, there's a lot of fascinating, untold history of the patriots, artists, and thinkers who paved the way," Jennifer O'Connell, executive vp nonfiction at HBO Max, said in a statement to THR. "It's time to share their heroic tales, and we could not have more perfect partners in Jim Parsons, Greg Berlanti, Jon Jashni and Scout [Productions] to introduce our HBO Max audience to these historical trailblazers."

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