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Pose star Billy Porter opens up about brand new LGBTQ+ history series

Pose star Billy Porter has opened-up about his new docuseries Equal, which charts the history of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.

Porter is set to narrate the four-part HBO Max show, which combines documentary footage with a number of well-known stars portraying notable LGBTQ+ activists.

Among them are Star Trek: Discovery's Anthony Rapp as activist Harry Hay, The Handmaid's Tale's Samira Wiley as playwright Lorraine Hansberry and Sense8's Jamie Clayton as Christine Jorgensen, regarded as the world's first transgender celebrity.

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Speaking about the series, Porter expressed hope that Equal can help in "activating" the public in the current political moment and the upcoming US election.

"You can't be on the sidelines anymore – nobody can," he told Entertainment Weekly, noting his own history of activism in the fight against AIDS.

Elaborating, Porter explained: "Art is activism. Artists have always been at the forefront of speaking truth to power when nobody else can, or will. It's historical.

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"We have the power to reach into the hearts and change the molecular structure of human beings from the inside out.

"I made the choice a long time ago, to make sure that's what I was choosing. That is why Pose came into my life, that is why Equal came into my life. I have made a conscious choice and an intention to choose service."

Equal is set to premiere today (October 22) on HBO Max in the US.

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