Beloved lesbian icon Melissa Etheridge released her new music video this week, calling on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists to engage in an "Uprising of Love" for members of the LGBT community around the world.
In the midst of a pervasive climate of fear and violence for LGBT individuals across the globe, the video aims to bring visibility to these struggles. It consists of a montage of peaceful Russian LGBT rallies and protests alongside displays of affection between LGBT couples.
Last December, Etheridge also cofounded an organization called "Uprising of Love" that sought to establish solidarity and generate funds to support LGBT Russians. All funds raised through Uprising of Love go to the Russian Freedom Fund -- head here for more information and check out the video for "Uprising of Love" above.