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10. MUSIC: “Uprising of Love,” Melissa Etheridge

The beloved out singer-songwriter’s latest effort is a song to benefit LGBT Russians in their fight against the nation’s “gay propaganda” law. “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,” says Etheridge, cofounder of the Uprising of Love coalition, which has partnered with the Russia Freedom Fund, one of the few sources of immediate and direct financial contributions to LGBT activists in the beleaguered nation; all proceeds from the song will be donated to the fund. “Uprising of Love” will be available on iTunes in January, and DJ-producers Bent Collective (Danny Verde and Steven Redant) have already released a club-oriented remix. You can listen to that on SoundCloud; below, watch Etheridge performing the original version at the Uprising of Love coalition launch. — Trudy Ring


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