On Monday, September 15th, as the world converged upon New York City for the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative, Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) presented
Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street).
Featuring performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone, and in strategic partnership with the United Nations Foundation, this event strives to support the efforts of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN’s Free & Equal campaign in calling for equal rights globally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals, and to raise significant funding for grassroots organizations and activists working toward that goal around the world.
The net proceeds of this event will go directly to Fueling the Frontlines, a three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTI rights led by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Astraea is the only philanthropic organization in the United States solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally.
In a special video message recorded for the benefit concert “Uprising of Love” held in New York City on 15 September 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks about the global fight for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. In his statement of support, he highlights the role of the UN Free & Equal campaign in opening people’s hearts as part of the UN’s push to change the world. For more information about the concert, please visit the Uprising of Love website: http://www.uprisingoflove.org/benefitconcert/
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