Starring: Colby Melvin (facebook.com/colbymelvinmodel, Twitter/Instagram: @colbymelvin) and Brandon Robert Brown (facebook.com/brandonrobertbrown, Twitter/Instagram: @brb5785) Written by Erik Patterson Produced and Directed by Colby Melvin Videographer: Paul Boulon Editing by Colby Melvin Special Thanks: Amy Jones, Jones Media
A Pride House is a place for LGBT athletes, fans, and friends to meet and enjoy international sporting events. At the previous two Olympics, there was a Pride House in the host country. This year, Russia has forbidden the establishment of a Pride House in Sochi. In response, restaurants, bars, and clubs across the country are becoming Pride Houses in solidarity with LGBT Russians and donating $1 of every drink sold between 9pm and midnight on the night of the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony to the Russia Freedom Fund.
Uprising of Love (http://uprisingoflove.org) is a global movement in support of the safety and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) Russians. Inspired by the original song by Melissa Etheridge, Uprising of Love, this movement is supported by prominent individuals in entertainment, sports, business, and politics and a number of LGBTI and human rights organizations.
The Russia Freedom Fund (http://www.russiafreedomfund.org) is a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBT movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 100% of all donations will be paid out as grants. This initiative responds to growing concerns about recent state-sponsored discrimination in Russia and expresses solidarity between the international LGBT community and allies, and the Russian LGBT movement.