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Uprising of Love, It Gets Better Project, other LGBT groups to hold online series of Google+ Hangouts

News release from It Gets Better Project, Uprising of Love and Google+:

logoNEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2013 - On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Uprising of Love, the It Gets Better Project and other leading LGBT organizations will launch a week-long series of Google+ Hangouts called “Uprising of Love Hangouts on Air” to explore a variety of LGBT and human rights issues that have surfaced in connection with the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The series aims to draw additional awareness to the situation in Russia and will cover topics ranging from acceptance in sports to transgender issues, as LGBT people in Russia are facing increased harassment, arrest and violence. Athletes, actors, artists and leaders of LGBT organizations will lead the discussion in six different Google+ Hangouts. The series will culminate with an appearance by Uprising of Love co-founders Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen and Melissa Etheridge, who will also perform her new song, “Uprising of Love,” an anthem written in support of LGBT people in Russia.

Google+ Hangout participants will have the opportunity to send a message of support directly to Russia’s LGBT youth. The messages will be translated into Russian and sent out via social media and email as part of the It Gets Better Project’s “You Are Beautiful” campaign.

The Google+ Hangout schedule for the week includes:

Tuesday, January 21st, 1pmEST - Understanding the Situation in Russia

Caitlin Cahow: Out lesbian Olympic hockey player and US delegate to the Sochi Games

Ted Farley: Executive Director, It Gets Better Project

Chiara Reali: Director, Le Cose Cambiano (Italian affiliate of It Gets Better Project)

Carter Gibson: Google+ Personality

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2pmEST – How Athletes Are Advocating for LGBT Equality

Ben Cohen: Founder, StandUp Foundation; former England rugby player

Wade Davis: Executive Director, You Can Play Project; former NFL player

Layshia Clarendon: Openly gay WNBA player

Cyd Zeigler: Founder, Outsports

Anna Aagenes: Executive Director, GO! Athletes

Thursday, January 23rd, 2pmEST- The Role Media Plays in the LGBT Movement

Andrew Rannells: Actor (HBO’s Girls, The New Normal)

Noah Michelson: Editor of Gay Voices at The Huffington Post

Wilson Cruz: GLAAD's National Spokesperson

Eric Sasson: Columnist at Wall Street Journal

Janina Gavankar: Actor (Arrow, True Blood, The L Word)

Michelle Garcia: Managing Editor, The Advocate

Friday, January 24th, 2pmEST – Spreading Positive Messages to LGBT Youth Across the Globe

Alaine Jolicoeur: Advisory Board Member, Campus Pride

Ted Farley: Executive Director, It Gets Better Project

Anthony Nicodemo: Openly gay high school basketball coach

Shane Windmeyer: Executive Director, Campus Pride

Romeo Jackson: Campus Pride Student Leader

Ashley Mardell: Trevor Project Advisory Council

Monday, January 27th, 2pmEST – The Trans Experience in the Media, Sports and Schools

Kye Allums: Founder, I Am Enough Project; first openly trans NCAA Division 1 athlete

Eli Erlick: Executive Director, Trans Student Equality Resources

Fallon Fox: First openly trans athlete in MMA

Tiq Milan: Senior Media Strategist, GLAAD

Steven Alexander: Trans High School Coach

Kylar Broadus: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; first openly trans person to testify in front of US Senate

Tuesday, January 28th, 4pmEST – Joining Together in an Uprising of Love

Melissa Etheridge: co-founder Uprising of Love, award-winning singer-songwriter

Dustin Lance Black: co-founder Uprising of Love, Academy-Award winning writer

Bruce Cohen – co-founder Uprising of Love, Academy-Award winning producer


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