Target: Melissa Etheridge
Goal: Commend Etheridge’s charitable efforts to support Russian LGBT activists
In recent news, rock star and LGBT philanthropist Melissa Etheridge joined the fight for LGBT rights in Russia by donating 100% of the proceeds from her song “Uprising of Love” to the Russian Freedom Fund. With the same title as the song, Uprising of Love was co-founded by Etheridge and her partner Linda Wallem, and works toward the long-term, systematic change in the social position and treatment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals in Russia. The organization also supports Russian LGBT activists in their fight against Putin’s discriminatory anti-gay laws through direct contributions. We must thank Melissa Etheridge for her efforts to support LGBT activists.
Today, the situation for Russia’s LGBT community is grave, as Russian authorities have passed laws and taken steps to make living life as an openly gay person increasingly difficult. Last year, Russian authorities passed numerous laws making it impossible for LGBT activists to engage in pride marches or integrate LGBT issues into the educational system. What’s more is that there is also legislation forbidding gay couples to adopt children and raise families and more recent legislation makes activist work of NGOs nearly impossible.
The 52-year-old Etheridge, who is openly lesbian, after coming out publicly in January of 1993, stated on the song’s website that “At this unique moment in history, when we are seeing such rapid progress in the fight for equality in the West, we cannot be blinded to appalling crimes against humanity elsewhere…” A tenacious supporter of LGBT rights, Etheridge is also known for speaking out against Prop8, California’s famous initiative to ban same-sex marriage.
By signing this petition you’ll support Melissa Etheridge’s charitable efforts towards supporting Russian LGBT activists and thank her for her unwavering support of equality.
Dear Melissa Etheridge,
As a strong supporter of LGBT rights, nationally and globally, I’d like to personally thank you for your charitable efforts in the fight against Vladimir Putin’s discriminatory anti-gay laws. By contributing 100% of the proceeds from your beautiful song “Uprising of Love” you’ve provided countless Russian LGBT organizations with a sense of hope as they tirelessly battle for equality, respect and freedom.
Uprising of Love is not only an organization that financially supports the efforts of the Russian Freedom Fund but is also an act of fierce bravery and unrelenting advocacy for the fair treatment of LGBT people in Russia and beyond.
Thank you for your valorous efforts, and I stand with you in the campaign for unprejudiced treatment of the LGBT community.
[Your Name Here]
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