Out legend Melissa Etheridge will perform at the opening ceremonies for WorldPride 2014, happening June 20 in Toronto.
Melissa will sing her anthem "Uprising of Love," a song she wrote for LGBT Russians suffering through state-sanctioned discrimination and abuse. The rocker will be up front and center at Nathan Philips Square in central Toronto to perform "Uprising," a song that benefits the group Russia Freedom Fund.
"The lyrics of 'Uprising of Love' came from such a personal and passionate spot in my soul and I'm more than excited to share this anthem with the world," Etheridge said in a statement. (Melissa is also performing the song at this week's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Tex.)
WorldPride happens June 20-29 and is expected to bring tens of thousands to Toronto. Disgraced Mayor Rob Ford will likely not be in attendance, sadly.