Openly lesbian rock musician Melissa Etheridge has recorded an anthem, "Uprising of Love," that has inspired a coalition of the same name that's working to support LGBT rights in Russia.
An official release is set for next month, but Etheridge on Dec. 20 released a special remix — a sneak listen — of the new track.
She said in a statement, "We have worked so hard to create change and equality for the LGBT community in the U.S. and it’s shocking to see such backwards movement in Russia. This song is a direct call to action for people to get involved, become vocal, and connect directly with this serious issue. There is no time to waste and that’s why I chose to let this remix debut ahead of the January 2014 release of the original version."
She continued, "I felt that we needed to go into the new year creating an international uprising of love to let the LGBT people of Russia know that they are not alone, and that the rest of the world is here to help."
DJ Producers Bent Collective Danny Verde and Steven Redant worked on the remix. Redant, in a statement, said, "We have both played in Russia before the laws were put in place, and we have seen the progression of anti-LGBT legislation and violence grow. Like others, we are horrified to watch things continue to go in the wrong direction and doing this remix was an opportunity for Danny and myself to take action. We are honored to work with Melissa and the Uprising of Love coalition on this important campaign.”
The original tune will be available on iTunes next month, with proceeds going to the Russia Freedom Fund, which partnered with the Uprising of Love coalition founded by Etheridge and her partner Linda Wallem, along with Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen and Greg Propper.
More than 50 celebrities have already aligned themselves with the cause, including Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, James Franco, Edward Norton, Jim Parsons, Julianne Moore, Chris Colfer and Sean Hayes, and many more.
The remix can be found on SoundCloud.