Published on Feb 3, 2014
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.
Go to http://uprisingoflove.org/pridehouse to find local participating venues.
RSVP at http://fbl.me/pridehouse
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.