Now seems like a good time for more docu-dramas about civil rights, doesn’t it? If the combination of Donald Trump’s inauguration and the deep winter chill have you down come February, then you can warm your weary soul with When We Rise, the new eight-hour mini-series from ABC about the gay-rights movement. Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black wrote the screenplay and executive producer Gus Van Sant directed the two-hour premiere. The series will open with New York City’s Stonewall Riots in 1969 and track the struggle for LGBTQ rights through the present era. (It appears that Rachel Griffiths and Mary-Louise Parker are getting married in San Francisco City Hall, which means the timeline likely goes through the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in 2015.) Ready your tissues: Whoopi Goldberg, David Hyde Pierce, Rosie O’ Donnell, Guy Pearce, Parker, Griffiths, and the rest of this cast are coming for your tears.