Logo TV “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 toward 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 artist.
“Trailblazers” will premiere on June 26, 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. The special will honor Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan, two of the catalysts behind the DOMA overruling.
The event 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.
“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.
“Trailblazers” will feature a performance from one of the year’s biggest breakthrough acts, A Great Big World, comprised of singer/songwriter Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, who scored global hits with “Say Something” and “This is the New Year”.
“It’s been a momentous year for equality,” said A Great Big World. “We’re honored to be part of this inaugural celebration of the people and moments that propelled changed for the LGBT community.”