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Uprising of Love and It Gets Better Project Host Week-Long Google+ Hangout Series

Uprising of Love and It Gets Better Project Host Week-Long Google+ Hangout Series

NEW YORK,?Jan. 21, 2014?/PRNewswire/ –?Uprising of Love, the?It Gets Better Project?and other leading LGBT organizations have launched 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
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
Danny Greene: Social Impact Agent, Uprising of Love

Wednesday, January 22nd,?3pmEST???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: Executive 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