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Tom Daley's fiancé Dustin Lance Black gets the green light from ABC for his new gay rights period drama When We Rise

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Dustin Lance Black’s mini series, When We Rise, has officially been officially picked up by ABC after two years in development.

The eight hour mini-series focusing on the gay rights struggle in America, in the 20th Century, penned by the 41-year-old Oscar-winner is set to be put into production in 2016 by the channel.

According to Variety the confirmation of When We Rise will see Tom Daley’s fiancé reunited with director Gus Van Sant – who worked on Milk alongside Lance.

All stations go: Dustin Lance Black's mini-series, When We Rise, has officially been officially picked up by ABC after two years in development

All stations go: Dustin Lance Black’s mini-series, When We Rise, has officially been officially picked up by ABC after two years in development

Following in the vein of Milk, which told the story of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, the show focuses on the political struggles of the LGBT community in the late 20th Century.

Chronicling the tale of a diverse family of activists in the 1960s and 70’s, When We Rise will focus on the groups pioneering work to conquer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

Tom Daley and Lance Black

The wait is over: The eight hour mini series focusing on the gay rights struggle in America penned by the 41-year-old Oscar-winner (pictured with faince Tom Daley) is set to be put into production in 2016

Lance, who is now engaged to British Olympic diver Tom, 21, has worked tirelessly as for marriage equality and gay rights.

Clearly excited by the news, Lance took to his Instagram last week and shared a snap of himself alongside Milk producer Bruce Cohen and civil rights campaigners Roma Guy, Ken Jones and Cleve Jones.

Pictured in San Francisco, the screen writer and director can be seen beaming in the picture – clearly delighted with the news from ABC.

He captioned: ‘Thanks for a great trip #SanFrancisco! With Producer Bruce Cohen and #SocialJustice heroes Roma Guy, Ken Jones and Cleve Jones. #WhenWeRise prep begins!’

Earlier this year, in October, Lance and Tom announced their engagement in The Times newspaper after dating for two years.

Lance Bruce Cohen and Roma Guy Ken Jones and Cleve Jones

Delighted: Clearly excited by the news, Lance took to his Instagram last week and shared a snap of himself alongside Milk producer Bruce Cohen and civil rights campaigners Roma Guy, Ken Jones and Cleve Jones Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3370460/Tom-Daley-s-fianc-Dustin-Lance-Black-gets-green-light-ABC-new-gay-rights-mini-series-Rise.

 

Tom Daley 'still thinks twice' before discussing his sexuality 18 months after coming out as gay

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The Olympic diver said talking about having a boyfriend still feels ‘weird’

 

Tom Daley has admitted he still “thinks twice” before discussing his sexuality more than a year after he came out as gay.

The Olympic diver’s revelation in a YouTube video that he was dating a man in July 2013 sparked a media frenzy, with Daley suddenly propelled to the front pages of tabloids across the UK.

Subsequent news that his partner was Dustin Lance Black – the US script writer behind the Oscar-winning Harvey Milk biopicMilk – only served to intensify the furore surrounding his sexuality.

Daley said he still hesitates before talking about being gay eighteen months after coming out, telling Newsbeat it still feels “weird” .

“As the months have gone on I’ve felt more and more comfortable saying it and give me another year and I’ll probably feel at my most comfortable but it’s still weird,” he said.

Daley, who is now an ambassador for the LGBT helpline Switchboard, is preparing to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio next year. The 21 year-old said he has not experienced homophobia, despite many stories of discrimination emerging from various sports.

“I don’t think there should be any reason for there to be any discrimination or homophobia or anything like that in sport because sport is the one place where you’re judged on performance and nothing else,” he added.

“More and more, especially in diving, that’s the only sport I really have experience in, there’s no homophobia whatsoever.”