Logo TV Presents "Trailblazers"
Logo TV has announced the upcoming telecast of "Trailblazers," a new annual event to honor the pioneers who have broken new ground in the quest for LGBT civil rights and are leading the way towards equality. The one-hour special will feature the celebrities, politicians, activists and trendsetters who are transforming our cultural landscape, as well as musical performances from some of today’s biggest artists.
"Trailblazers" will premiere on Thursday, June 26th, during the most historic week of gay rights - the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and the one-year anniversary to the day of DOMA being overruled. As a tribute to this major civil rights landmark and all the social progress the ruling represents, "Trailblazers" will honor Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan, two of the catalysts behind that momentous achievement. The special, which will be the biggest Pride event on television, will also celebrate an entire year of "firsts" - including the first openly gay athletes competing in major professional sports.
The special will feature presenter Daniel Radcliffe, who is a longtime supporter of The Trevor Project, a performance from A Great Big World, and special appearances from Jared Leto, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees) and Mary Lambert. Additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.
"Through their courage, Edie and Roberta redefined an institution to make it open to everybody. Like the greatest civil rights pioneers, they secured a basic human freedom for all of us," said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV and Logo. "Each of our honorees has stood up for LGBT equality in a way that has helped change history. Whether they’re acting on the national stage or in their home towns, whether they’re activists, athletes or artists, their fearlessness in confronting the obstacles of today creates a more just and equal society for tomorrow."
In addition to honoring those pioneers who have taken a stand on the national stage, "Trailblazers" will pay tribute to local heroes. With Hometown Trailblazers, Logo is asking people to submit the stories of the friends, family, and community leaders who have made a profound, personal difference in their lives. Five of these local leaders will be featured on the "Trailblazers" site, and one Hometown Trailblazer will win a trip with their submitter to the "Trailblazers" awards show. From now until the day before the telecast, people can submit the pictures and videos of the heroes who inspire them at bit.ly/1k2KDlJ
"Trailblazers" will take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the first religious institutions in New York City to champion the causes of LGBT people, including the fight for marriage equality.