A new coalition of entertainment execs, actors, musicians, athletes and human-rights organizations today launched Uprising Of Love, a social movement dedicated to supporting the Russia Freedom Fund, which works for long-term, systemic change in the status and treatment of Russia's LGBT community.
The group held a fundraiser last night in New York and has plans for various events in the coming months. Melissa Etheridge has even written a song of support for Russian LGBT folks, inspired by the coalition. There will be efforts around the Sochi Olympics in February.
The new Coalition includes Olympic diving champ Greg Louganis, GLAAD's Wilson Cruz, and entertainers like George Takei, Lance Bass, Dustin Lance Black, Melissa Etheridge, Jim Parsons, Carrie Fisher, James Franco and Madonna. Collaborating partners include Outsports, Propper Daley, the Federation of Gay Games, You Can Play, Pride House International, Athlete Ally, GLAAD, the Arcus Foundation, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and others.