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Join Uprising of Love

in support of the safety and dignity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Russians.



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. Today in Russia, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people are facing harassment, arrest and violence under a set of horrific new laws. For their sake, we must come together and start an uprising of love.

The goal of this movement is twofold:

1.     To support the LGBTI community in Russia and foster an atmosphere where Russians feel bolstered to be themselves and speak up for this cause.

2.     To raise awareness among the international community to continue to build public pressure and vigilance.

Uprising of Love Videos

The following prominent individuals have pledged their support to this cause.

They are writing songs, producing videos, writing op-eds, and using their influence to spread the message of love to the people of Russia.

  • Bonnie Abaunza

    Director of Hans Zimmer's Special Projects and Philanthropy division

  • Calpernia Addams

    Singer/Songwriter & Activist

  • Ted Allen

    Cookbook author / Host, Food Network's "Chopped"

  • David Ambroz

    Corporate Philanthropic Professional

  • Alan Ball

    Writer / Director / Producer

  • Lance Bass & Michael Turchin

    Entertainer / Producer; Artist / Actor

  • Nate Berkus

    Decorator / Product Designer

  • Dustin Lance Black

    Writer / Director / Producer / Co-Founder, Uprising of Love

  • Jeremiah Brent

    Interior Designer

  • Sarah Brown

    Founder and President of PiggyBankKids

  • Dan Bucatinsky

    Actor / Writer / Producer

  • Kelly Bush

    Founder and CEO, ID

  • Michael Cashman CBE MEP

    Member of the European Parliament / Actor

  • Deepak Chopra, M.D.

    Physician / Writer

  • Bruce Cohen

    Academy Award-winning producer / Co-founder, Uprising of Love

  • Andy Cohen

    Television Executive / Host / p

  • Chris Colfer

    Actor / Author

  • Wilson Cruz

    Actor / GLAAD's National Spokesperson

  • Alan Cumming


  • Matt Dallas


  • Dante Di Loreto

    Executive Producer, Glee / American Horror Story

  • Ramon Estevez


  • Melissa Etheridge

    Singer-songwriter / Co-founder, Uprising of Love

  • Carrie Fisher

    Actor / Author

  • James Franco

    Writer / Director / Academy Award-nominated Actor

  • Stephen Fry

    Actor / Writer / Activist

  • Sara Gilbert


  • Brian Graden

    TV Executive / Producer

  • Simon Halls & Matt Bomer

    Founder, Slate PR; Actor

  • Ed Harris

    Actor / Director

  • Sean Hayes


  • Alan Hergot

    Partner, Bloom Hergott Diemer

  • Cyndi Lauper

    Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award Winning Artist and Advocate

  • Gregory Lewis

    Executive Director, Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund

  • Judith Light

    Tony and Emmy Award-winning Actress / Activist

  • Michael Lombardo

    President, HBO Programming

  • Greg Louganis & Johnny Chaillot-Louganis

    Olympic Gold Medalist; Paralegal, Loeb and Loeb

  • Madonna

    Musical Artist / Activist

  • Alec Mapa

    Actor / Comedian / Writer

  • Colby Melvin

    Model / Activist

  • Wentworth Miller

    Writer / Actor

  • Julianne Moore

    Academy Award nominated Actress

  • Max Mutchnick

    Emmy Award-winning Writer / Producer

  • Kathy Najimy

    Actor / Director / Producer / Activist

  • Jim Nicolay

    Agent, Creative Artists Agency

  • Edward Norton

    Award-winning Actor

  • Jim Parsons


  • Erik Patterson

    Humanitas Prize winning screenwriter

  • Lisa Paulsen

    President & CEO, Entertainment Industry Foundation

  • Billy Porter

    Tony Award-winning Actor

  • Alan Poul

    Producer / Director

  • Greg Propper

    Partner, Propper Daley / Co-Founder, Uprising of Love

  • Zachary Quinto

    Actor / Producer / Activist

  • Andrew Rannells


  • Rob Reiner

    Filmmaker / Activist

  • Michele Reiner

    Photographer / Activist

  • Retta

    Actor / Comedian

  • John Roberts

    Founder, EUK Consulting

  • Ric Robertson

    Former COO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

  • Jai Rodriguez

    Actor / EMMY Award-winning host / Activist

  • Michael McCorry Rose


  • Brandon Routh


  • Lawrence Rubin

    Executive, Creative Artists Agency

  • Adam Schroeder

    Feature and TV producer

  • Steven Schwartz

    Academy & Grammy Award-winning Composer

  • Jake Shears

    Singer / Writer

  • Curt Shepard

    Program Director, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

  • Johnny Skandros

    Founder of SCRUFF

  • Chip Sullivan

    Head of Publicity, DreamWorks

  • George Takei


  • Steve Tao

    Executive, Bad Robot

  • John Tedstrom

    CEO, John Tedstrom Associates

  • Lily Tomlin

    Actor / Writer / Producer

  • Christine Vachon


  • Linda Wallem

    Actor / Writer / Producer / Co-founder, Uprising of Love

  • Steve Warren

    Partner, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, LLP

  • Sigourney Weaver

    Academy Award-nominated Actress

  • Ashley Williams


This effort is also a collaboration of a number of partners:


about the situation in Russia &
the efforts to support LGBTI Russians.

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