Uprising of Love benefit concert features Sting and Patti LuPone to raise funds for global equality

As world leaders come together in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative in mid-September, Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) will present Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality. The concert will feature performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone.

Net proceeds from the event will go to Fueling the Frontlines, a three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTI rights led by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the only philanthropic organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally. The event aims 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 and transgender individuals, and to raise significant funding for grassroots organizations and activists working toward that goal around the world.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.uprisingoflove.org/benefitconcert.

Uprising of Love, co-founded by Melissa Etheridge, Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen, and dozens of prominent individuals, is a global movement to support the safety and dignity of LGBTI people around the world. GLAAD is a partner of the organization that focuses on raising awareness and funds for activists making a difference for LGBTI people on the ground in every part of the globe.