Melissa Etheridge Performing Russian Anthem at Toronto WorldPride


By Neal Broverman

The rock star will sing "Anthem of Love" just steps from Toronto City Hall (Rob Ford's stomping grounds).

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.


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