Singer Melissa Etheridge on Monday helped launch the Uprising of Love campaign with a new single dedicated in support of LGBT Russians.

Uprising of Love supports the Russia Freedom Fund, a vehicle for making financial contributions in support of Russia's LGBT rights movement and efforts to combat anti-gay discrimination in the former Soviet Republic.

“At this unique moment in history, when we are seeing such rapid progress in the fight for equality in the West, we cannot be blinded to appalling crimes against humanity elsewhere,” a statement on the campaign's website says. “Today in Russia, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people are facing harassment, arrest and violence under a set of horrific new laws. For their sake, we must come together and start an uprising of love.”

The openly gay Etheridge debuted her single Uprising of Love at Monday's event. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Etheridge co-founded the campaign with Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen.

Celebrities who have pledged their support include Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, James Franco, Sara Gilbert, Sean Hayes, Chris Colfer, George Takei and Sigourney Weaver, to name a few.