There’s an uprising in the works – a declaration of love, that’s spreading to promote global equality for the LGBT community. Supporting the movement, thousands are set to attend benefit concert, Uprising of Love. Will you be there? 

Raising funds for frontline organisations and activists fighting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) discrimination and violence around the globe, Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality will take place on September 15th at the Gershwin Theatre, New York City. 

Originally founded in support of the LGBT community in Russia, and launched in the lead up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi – backed by all the major LGBT human rights organisations along with a number of prominent actors and artists, such as Madonna and James Franco – the event not only aims to raise funds, but remind global leaders that the "world is watching".

Timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative, Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell and Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk and Silver Linings Playbook) will present Uprising of Love at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street). 

“One of the most important lessons I have learned – and keep on learning in new ways all the time – is the importance of making mistakes. In business, as in life, we all make errors. These are the times we learn about ourselves and the people around us, analyse what went wrong and come back stronger and wiser to put it right. President Putin and the Russian Government should recognise the mistake of their gay rights policies, address the problems they have caused, and move on. Their legacy will be far stronger, and their country far more prosperous, for doing so.

“The issue is also one of human compassion. While we should all celebrate our differences, the one thing that should unite all of us is the desire to make a positive difference to people’s lives. That goes for businesses, governments, individuals – everyone. For the wellbeing of Russia’s people, for its economic productivity and for its future generations, Russia must embrace diversity.” Richard Branson

-All images from Uprising of Love official Facebook.

The one thing that should unite all of us is the desire to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

The concert will feature performances and presentations by Sting, Patti LuPone, Jane Lynch, Billy Porter, the cast of Witness, Uganda, Greg Louganis and many others.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to organisations on the ground through Fueling the Frontlines, a program housed at the Astraea Foundation in New York City.

The campaign has already raised over half a million dollars for LGBT organisations and leaders in Russia, but this event will provide the opportunity to expand efforts far wider, reaching LGBT individuals living in areas where they are threatened with violence or death.

Do you want to join the Uprising of Love in support of global equality for the LGBT community?