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Congratulations to Melissa Etheridge and the Uprising for Love Coalition
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/25/14
Last updated on: 03/25/14
 
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In December, Melissa Etheridge launched a non-profit organization, the Uprising of Love Coalition, in order to support the glbtq communities in Russia and other areas where gay people are endangered and persecuted. The organization has attracted the support of such celebrities as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Jake Shears, Lance Bass, Lily Tomlin, Jim Parsons, James Franco, Julianne Moore, Judith Light, George Takei, Alec Mapa, and Sigourney Weaver, among many others. On March 25, 2014, Etheridge released the official video of her song from which the organization takes its name.

All proceeds from the sale of "Uprising of Love" will benefit the Russia Freedom Fund, which advances the safety and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex Russians.

Etheridge's work is characterized by intense emotion, unbridled energy, and fierce honesty. She has previously used her art to make statements regarding the safety and dignity of glbtq people, including most notably, "Scarecrow," a song inspired by the murder of Matthew Shepard, and "Tuesday Morning," a tribute to openly gay 9/11/01 hero Mark Bingham.

Below is the official video of "Uprising of Love."

The video below responds to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard.

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Etheridge's powerful tribute to Mark Bingham is below.

 
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