T Wordhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/T-Word.aspxT WordGP0|#49f67c71-a974-42fc-9622-6d480f9f89ba;L0|#049f67c71-a974-42fc-9622-6d480f9f89ba|Logo;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e19/18/2014 7:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>MTV AND LOGO TV TO PREMIERE </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"LAVERNE COX PRESENTS: THE T WORD"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>EXPLORING THE LIVES OF TRANSGENDER YOUTH </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 7 PM ET/PT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Documentary to be Followed by Live "Trans Forum" Hosted By Laverne Cox on Logo TV and MTV.com</em></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>New York, NY, September 18, 2014 –  MTV and Logo TV today announced plans to simultaneously premiere "<a href="http://www.logotv.com/shows/laverne_cox_presents_the_t_word/series.jhtml"><strong>Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word</strong></a>," on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted and executive produced by Emmy-nominated actress and transgender advocate <strong>Laverne Cox</strong>, the one-hour documentary will take viewers inside the lives of seven transgender youth. Ranging in age from 12 to 24, and hailing from across the country, each subject will share their determination to live their lives authentically, as the person they are meant to be. With varying levels of parental and social support, the documentary explores the intersection of transgender identities and race through each individual's journey as they overcome challenges such as coming out, bullying, and anti-transgender violence.</p><p> </p><p>"For many of us, the 'T' in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth," said Laverne Cox. "The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it's okay to be who you are."   </p><p> </p><p>"Laverne Cox has been a pioneer in bringing transgender issues and stories into the national spotlight, and we are proud to work with her on this new documentary" said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV and Logo TV. "Every young person struggles to define their identity, but for transgender people that struggle is magnified. '<em>The T Word'</em> shows how challenging it can be – and how inspiring it is when people discover themselves and truly live their authentic lives."</p><p> </p><p>The documentary profiles:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Ari, an 18-year-old man from Manhattan, who graduated from high school and is starting college.</li><li>Avery, a 20-year-old woman from Queens, New York, who shares her experiences dating. </li><li>Daniella, a 20-year-old woman from the Bronx, New York, who speaks out against anti-transgender violence. </li><li>Kye, a 24-year-old man in Brooklyn, New York, who became the first Division One transgender basketball player. </li><li>L'lerret, a 20-year-old woman attending college in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is an active member of BreakOUT!, a group fighting criminalization of transgender youth. </li><li>Shane, a 22-year-old man from Baltimore, Maryland and a college student living with his girlfriend.</li><li>Zoey, a 12-year-old girl from California, who is supported by her mother and transferred out of her last school when the school administrators refused to acknowledge her as a girl.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Immediately following the documentary's premiere, Laverne Cox will host the one hour "Trans Forum" with SuChin Pak live on Logo TV and MTV.com where she and the subjects of the documentary will discuss transgender issues as well as answer questions from a live audience and via social media.  </p><p> </p><p>"Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," is part of MTV's "Look Different" campaign aimed at fighting racial, gender and anti-LGBT bias. In support of this documentary, the "Look Different" campaign will engage with the transgender community and will empower the audience at large to better understand the bias transgender youth experience on a daily basis while providing tips on how to support transgender equality. LookDifferent.org will serve as a resource hub, connecting viewers to resources and providing pathways to take action. </p><p> </p><p>"Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" is executive produced by Laverne Cox, Marshall Eisen, Betsy Forhan for MTV and Logo TV, Cheryl Horner Sirulnick for Gigantic! Productions, Michael Hirschorn for Ish Entertainment and Eric Miclette. </p><p> </p><p>Laverne Cox will also appear as a special guest on season two of MTV's "Faking It" earlier in the week. She will play "Margot," director of Hester High's elite drama club, on an episode that will air on Tuesday, October 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>ABOUT MTV            </strong><strong> </strong><br> MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand.   With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.</p><p> </p><p><strong>ABOUT LOGO TV</strong><br><strong> </strong>Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms.  Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of MTV's network of brands including MTV, MTV2, MTV.com, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p>​​</p>
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON TO HONOR EDIE WINDSOR AND ROBERTA KAPLAN ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DOMA REPEAL DURING LOGO TV’S INAUGURAL TRAILBLAZERS EVENT http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/inauguraltrailblazer.aspxPRESIDENT BILL CLINTON TO HONOR EDIE WINDSOR AND ROBERTA KAPLAN ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DOMA REPEAL DURING LOGO TV’S INAUGURAL TRAILBLAZERS EVENT GP0|#49f67c71-a974-42fc-9622-6d480f9f89ba;L0|#049f67c71-a974-42fc-9622-6d480f9f89ba|Logo;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e16/23/2014 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​​​PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON TO HONOR EDIE WINDSOR AND ROBERTA KAPLAN </strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;">ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DOMA REPEAL </strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;">DURING LOGO TV'S INAUGURAL TRAILBLAZERS EVENT</strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;"> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em> </em></strong><strong><em>Lance Bass to Honor Jason Collins and </em></strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;"><em>Demi Lovato to Honor Series "Orange is the New Black" </em></strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;"><em>During One-Hour Special Premiering on June 26 at 9pm ET/PT</em></strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;"><em> </em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Joe Manganiello and Ed Sheeran Join Growing List of Celebrity Appearances</em></strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;"> </strong></p><p> </p><p>New York, June 23, 2014 – Logo TV today announced that <strong>President Bill Clinton</strong> will honor <strong>Edie Windsor</strong> and <strong>Roberta Kaplan</strong> on the one-year anniversary of declaring DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional for Logo TV's inaugural Trailblazers event and television special honoring pioneers who have broken new ground for LGBT civil rights premiering on June 26 at 9pm ET/PT.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">"One year ago this week, the United States Supreme Court declared DOMA unconstitutional. It was the right thing to do. Seventeen years after signing DOMA into law, I was honored and grateful to be among the voices urging that it be overturned," said President Bill Clinton. "The Supreme Court's decision would not have happened without Edie Windsor's dogged determination to right a wrong and Roberta Kaplan's equal commitment to simple fairness. As marriage equality spreads across the states, the number of people impacted by these two amazing women will only continue to grow." </span></p><p><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Lance Bass</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> will honor </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Jason Collins</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> for becoming the first male publicly gay athlete in a major American sport. </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Demi Lovato</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> will honor the series "Orange Is the New Black" for bringing the lives and stories of characters rarely seen on television into millions of living rooms around the country. Cast members </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Danielle Brooks</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> (Taystee), </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Laverne Cox</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> (Sophia), </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Lea DeLaria</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> (Big Boo), </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Taryn Manning</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> (Pennsatucky) and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Samira Wiley</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> (Poussey) will accept the award on behalf of the series.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Activist and former R.E.M. frontman </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Michael Stipe</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> will honor Ugandan gay rights activist and refugee </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">John "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere</strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">as an "International Trailblazer" for his work with Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights and provides health and education services to the community.  Earlier this year, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the Anti-Homosexuality Act that criminalizes homosexuality, as well as "aiding and abetting homosexuality," and "promotion of homosexuality," with the threat of a 14-year jail sentence for a first offense or up to life for multiple convictions. Wambere is now seeking asylum in the United States, while continuing to advocate for LGBT rights</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Working with community partner The Trevor Project, and introduced by Trevor Hero </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Daniel Radcliffe</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, the event will also spotlight the efforts of four "Trailblazing Youth," who are making a positive impact in their local communities. In addition, Logo is asking people to submit their 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 as a "Hometown Trailblazer," with one individual being selected to attend the event along with their submitter.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Sia, </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">accompanied by New York City's Gay Men Chorus will perform her hit "Chandelier" and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">A Great Big World</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> will perform "Say Something" with </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Exousia</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">. </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Joe Manganiello</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Ed Sheeran</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> join a growing list of celebrity appearances that include </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Daniel Radcliffe</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Jared Leto,</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Macklemore & Ryan Lewis</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Kylie Minogue</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Pete Wentz</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Ariana Grande</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Iggy Azaela</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Tegan and Sara</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Laura Jane Grace</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">ABOUT LOGO TV</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms. Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of MTV's network of brands including MTV, MTV2, </span><a href="http://mtv.com/" style="line-height:1.6;">MTV.com</a><span style="line-height:1.6;">, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kurt Patat</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">212-846-2528</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com">Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jason Shumaker</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span id="gc-number-5" class="gc-cs-link" title="Call with Google Voice">212-846-7325</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="mailto:Jason.Shumaker@logostaff.com">Jason.Shumaker@logostaff.com</a></p><p> </p><p>Kyle Pleva</p><p><span id="gc-number-6" class="gc-cs-link" title="Call with Google Voice">310-752-8352</span></p><p><a href="mailto:kyle.pleva@mtvstaff.com">kyle.pleva@mtvstaff.com</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​ </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p>
SIA TO PERFORM SMASH HIT “CHANDELIER” LIVE WITH NEW YORK CITY’S GAY MEN’S CHORUS DURING LOGO TV’S INAUGURAL “TRAILBLAZERS” http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/SIA-TO-PERFORM-SMASH-HIT-“CHANDELIER”-LIVE-WITH-NEW-YORK-CITY’S-GAY-MEN’S-CHORUS-DURING-LOGO-TV’S-INAUGURAL-“TRAILBLAZERS”-.aspxSIA TO PERFORM SMASH HIT “CHANDELIER” LIVE WITH NEW YORK CITY’S GAY MEN’S CHORUS DURING LOGO TV’S INAUGURAL “TRAILBLAZERS” GP0|#49f67c71-a974-42fc-9622-6d480f9f89ba;L0|#049f67c71-a974-42fc-9622-6d480f9f89ba|Logo;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e16/17/2014 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;">​<strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:center;"><em>Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pete Wentz Added To Honor Pioneers Who Have Broken New Ground for LGBT Civil Rights</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:center;"><em>Michael Stipe to Honor Ugandan Gay Rights Activist and Refugee John Abdallah "Longjones" Wambere as "International Trailblazer" </em></strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;"><em>During One-Hour Special Premiering on June 26 at 9pm ET/PT</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong><em> </em></strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">New York, June 17</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> – Logo TV today announced international pop superstar,</span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> Sia</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">, will perform her new smash hit single, "Chandelier" live backed by the famed New York City Gay Men's Chorus during the inaugural "Trailblazers" event and television special honoring pioneers who have broken new ground for LGBT civil rights premiering on the one year anniversary of the defeat of DOMA on June 26 at 9pm ET/PT from New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">"</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">I'm so happy to be taking part in the inaugural Logo/Trailblazers Awards. I feel privileged to salute every person fighting for LGBT rights," said Sia. "Backed by the incomparable New York City Gay Men's Chorus with the spectacular backdrop of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, I'm excited to show you our inside animals!"</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Demi Lovato</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Macklemore & Ryan Lewis</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Pete Wentz</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> join a star-studded line-up of presenters and special appearances including </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Daniel Radcliffe</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Jared Leto</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Kylie Minogue</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Ariana Grande</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Rita Ora</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Tegan and Sara</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Laura Jane Grace</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> and others. </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">A Great Big World </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">is also confirmed perform. Additional performers and presenters will be announced later.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Activist and former R.E.M. frontman </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Michael Stipe</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> will honor Ugandan gay rights activist and refugee </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">John "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere</strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">as an "International Trailblazer" for his work with Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights and provides health and education services to the community. </span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Earlier this year, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the Anti-Homosexuality Act that criminalizes homosexuality, as well as "aiding and abetting homosexuality," and "promotion of homosexuality," with the threat of a 14-year jail sentence for a first offense or up to life for multiple convictions. Wambere is now seeking asylum in the United States, while continuing to advocate for LGBT rights. He joins previously announced honorees DOMA challengers </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Edie Windsor</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Roberta Kaplan</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Jason Collins</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> (the first </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">out professional male athlete in a major U.S. sport.) and the series </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Orange is New Black</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">"We all have a task more than ever to stand up in solidarity with LGBT persons around the globe who face Imprisonment, </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">death or even forced to flee their homes for simply who they are and who they choose to love, to end hate and institutionalized homophobia around the Globe," said </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">John "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">"Even as we celebrate the historic milestones we've made in America, we also must speak out against the dangers and brutal </span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">laws faced by LGBT people in countries around the globe," said Stephen Friedman, President, MTV and Logo TV. "John's heroism in the fight for gay rights in Uganda stands as a beacon for the entire global community. It's a privilege to honor his bravery."</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Working with community partner The Trevor Project, and introduced by Trevor Hero </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Daniel Radcliffe</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, the event will also spotlight the efforts of four "Trailblazing Youth," who are making a positive impact in their local communities. In addition, Logo is asking people to submit their 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 as a "Hometown Trailblazer," with one individual being selected to attend the event along with their submitter. To submit pictures and videos of the inspirational heroes, please visit </span><a href="http://bit.ly/1k2KDIJ" style="line-height:1.6;">http://bit.ly/1k2KDIJ</a><span style="line-height:1.6;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Sia will release her forthcoming album 1000 FORMS OF FEAR on July 8th on RCA Records/ Monkey Puzzle Records.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;">ABOUT LOGO TV</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms. Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of MTV's network of brands including MTV, MTV2, </span><a href="http://mtv.com/" style="line-height:1.6;">MTV.com</a><span style="line-height:1.6;">, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"># # #</p>
LOGO TV’s “TRAILBLAZERS” ADDS NBA’S JASON COLLINS AND THE SERIES “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” TO ITS LIST OF HONOREES FOR THEIR HISTORIC WORK BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS FOR LGBT EQUALITYhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/Trailblazers-2014-Collins.aspxLOGO TV’s “TRAILBLAZERS” ADDS NBA’S JASON COLLINS AND THE SERIES “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” TO ITS LIST OF HONOREES FOR THEIR HISTORIC WORK BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS FOR LGBT EQUALITYGP0|#49f67c71-a974-42fc-9622-6d480f9f89ba;L0|#049f67c71-a974-42fc-9622-6d480f9f89ba|Logo;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e16/4/2014 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:center;"><em>Collins and "Orange is the New Black" Join Previously Announced Honorees Edie Windsor & Roberta Kaplan, the Civil Rights Activists Who Defeated DOMA</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Event will also Spotlight "Trailblazing Youth" Who Are Making an Impact in their Local Communities, Introduced by Trevor Hero, Daniel Radcliffe</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>One-Hour Special Honoring Pioneers in Fight for LGBT Equality to Premiere</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>on the One Year Anniversary of the Defeat of DOMA – June 26 at 9pm ET/PT –</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>from New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, June 4, 2014</strong> – Logo TV today announced that "<a href="http://www.logotv.com/trailblazers/">Trailblazers</a>" will honor the Brooklyn Nets' <strong>Jason Collins</strong> and the groundbreaking series "<strong>Orange Is the New Black</strong>" for their historic strides to overcome bias and bring about LGBT equality: Jason Collins for becoming the first male publicly gay athlete in a major American sport, and "Orange is the New Black" for bringing the lives and stories of characters rarely seen on television into millions of living rooms around the country. Cast members, including <strong>Laverne Cox </strong>will accept the honor on behalf of the series. Both Collins and Cox are two of the new voices defining the multifaceted, multicultural identity of the LGBT audience today. Collins and the series Orange is the New Black join Trailblazers' previously announced honorees Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan, the civil rights activists who defeated DOMA and opened the door for gay marriage.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">"It is an honor to be included in the company of Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan in Logo's celebration of our progress towards LGBT equality," said Jason Collins. "We are proof that the actions we make, big or small, can have a positive, global impact on our community."</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Openly gay college athlete </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Matt Kaplon</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, musicians </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Tegan and Sara </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Laura Jane Grace</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, and gay former NFL player </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Wade Davis</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> will also appear in the special. They join a growing list of celebrity appearances, including </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Jared Leto</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Kylie Minogue</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Ariana Grande</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Rita Ora. A Great Big World </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">is confirmed to perform. Additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced later.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">"</span><a href="http://www.logotv.com/trailblazers/" style="line-height:1.6;">Trailblazers</a><span style="line-height:1.6;">" is Logo's new annual event that celebrates the pioneers who have broken new ground in the quest for LGBT civil rights. The event will premiere on Thursday, June</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">26</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height:1.6;"> at 9pm ET/PT 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.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Working with community partner The Trevor Project, and introduced by Trevor Hero </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Daniel Radcliffe</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, the event will also spotlight the efforts of four "Trailblazing Youth," who are making a positive impact in their local communities. In addition, Logo is asking people to submit their 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 as a "Hometown Trailblazer," with one individual being selected to attend the event along with their submitter. To submit pictures and videos of the inspirational heroes, please visit </span><a href="http://bit.ly/1k2KDIJ" style="line-height:1.6;">http://bit.ly/1k2KDIJ</a><span style="line-height:1.6;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;">About Jason Collins</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">On May 6, 2013, in a </span><em style="line-height:1.6;">Sports Illustrated</em><span style="line-height:1.6;"> cover story, Jason Collins announced that he is gay, thereby becoming the first out professional male athlete in a major U.S. sport. Because of his pioneering declaration, Collins has gained legions of new fans across the world.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Today more and more openly gay college and high school athletes are coming forward because of the example that Jason </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Collins has set on and off the court. Collins' impact is a reminder that one person's actions can help change society.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">About Orange is the New Black</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="line-height:1.6;">"Orange is the New Black," Jenji Kohan's critically acclaimed new series that transports viewers into the lives and minds of a diverse array of characters and relationships that are rarely seen on television. The show explores issues of sexuality, class, politics, race, religion, gender, and mental health in a way that pushes boundaries while it also entertains. The Netflix series shows us that regardless of sexual identity, the color of our skin, or the background from which we come, we all share a common human bond. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">he series' casting choices, honest storylines and unfaltering sense of humor have provided the world with a better understanding of the LGBT community and given a platform for a range of talented new voices. As one example, cast member Laverne Cox</span><em style="line-height:1.6;"> </em><span style="line-height:1.6;">made history as one of the first transgender woman to star in a mainstream dramatic series.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">About the Trailblazing Youth</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">The evening's events will also feature a "Trailblazing Youth" segment that will highlight four young leaders tied to The Trevor Project who epitomize the power of local activism at any age.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">After his close friend's suicide, Princeton, New Jersey Native, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Cason Crane</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> founded the Rainbow Summits Project to raise $135,000 for The Trevor Project, as he became the first openly LGBT person to scale the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each continent, including Mt. Everest.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Thirteen year-old </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Jazz</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> has been an advocate for fellow transgender kids. Along with her parents, she founded the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation to offer advice, support and resources for kids who struggle with gender identity issues.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Jordan Scruggs</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> from Chattanooga, Tennessee is spearheading a much-needed open channel of communication between </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">faith and sexual orientation, creating an extensive directory of Tennessee's most LGBT-inclusive churches. As a result of her dedication, she was recently appointed to the role of State Director of Marriage Equality for Organizing for Action. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">When he began his freshman year at the Mormon-based Brigham Young University, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Adam White</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> helped put LGBT issues on the forefront of his school's agenda by leading the university's underground Gay-Straight Alliance into a widely recognized and respected force on campus. He also helped lead BYU's "It Gets Better" campaign, which resonated with young Mormons across the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Trailblazers 2014 is executive produced by Chris McCarthy, Ryan Kroft, and Chris Williams for Logo TV. Joe Buoye serves as </span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Executive in Charge for Logo TV with Amy Doyle, Wendy Plaut and Frank Ho as Executives in Charge of Talent and Music.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;">ABOUT LOGO TV</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;">Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">digital and social platforms. Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of MTV's network of brands including MTV, MTV2, </span><a href="http://mtv.com/" style="line-height:1.6;">MTV.com</a><span style="line-height:1.6;">, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.</span></p>
LOGO TV ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL “TRAILBLAZERS” EVENT AND TELECAST HONORING PIONEERS WHO HAVE MADE HISTORIC STRIDES FOR LGBT EQUALITYhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/logo-tv-announces-first-annual.aspxLOGO TV ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL “TRAILBLAZERS” EVENT AND TELECAST HONORING PIONEERS WHO HAVE MADE HISTORIC STRIDES FOR LGBT EQUALITY5/21/2014 7:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong><em>Event Honorees to Include DOMA Challengers Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan on the One-Year Anniversary of their Momentous Triumph for Gay Marriage</em></strong></p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong><em> </em></strong><strong><em>Daniel Radcliffe To Present,<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></em></strong><strong><em>Special Appearances by Jared Leto, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora,<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></em></strong><strong><em>Iggy Azalea and More<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></em></strong><strong><em>A Great Big World To Perform</em></strong></p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong><em> </em></strong><strong><em>One-Hour Special to Premiere June 26 at 9pm ET/PT from New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, One of the First Churches to Support Gay Rights</em></strong></p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong><em></em></strong><strong>New York, May 21, 2014</strong><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;line-height:1.5em;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>– Logo TV today announced “<a href="http://www.logotv.com/trailblazers/" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">Trailblazers</a>,” </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;line-height:1.5em;">a new annual event and television special 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.</span></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“Trailblazers” will premiere on Thursday, June 26<sup style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">th</sup>, during the most historic week of gay rights – the 45<sup style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">th</sup><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>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<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Edie Windsor</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>and<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Roberta Kaplan</strong>, 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.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">The special will feature presenter<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Daniel Radcliffe</strong>, who is a longtime supporter of The Trevor Project, a performance from<strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>A Great Big World</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>and special appearances from<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Jared Leto</strong>,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Kylie Minogue</strong>,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Ariana Grande</strong>,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Rita Ora,</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Iggy Azalea,</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Tyler Glenn</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>(Neon Trees) and<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Mary Lambert</strong>. Additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“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.”</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">In addition to honoring those pioneers who have taken a stand on the national stage, “Trailblazers” will pay tribute to local heroes. With <em>Hometown Trailblazers,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></em>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. Starting today, people can submit the pictures and videos of the heroes who inspire them at<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://bit.ly/1k2KDlJ" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">http://bit.ly/1k2KDlJ</a></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“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.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong>Edie Windsor<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></strong>and<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Roberta Kaplan<em><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></em></strong>are true pioneers in the LGBT Civil Rights Movement. Thanks to their tireless efforts,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><em>The United States v. Windsor</em><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>has joined the ranks of America’s most celebrated equality milestones, taking its rightful place alongside the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the women’s suffrage movement.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">When the IRS compelled Edie Windsor to pay $363,053 in estate taxes after her wife’s death – something they don’t require of surviving hetero spouses – Edie stood up to fight for the entire LGBT community. Agreeing to take on the case pro-bono, Windsor’s attorney Roberta Kaplan selflessly devoted four years and countless hours to the legal battles that took the case all the way to the Supreme Court. This victory allows the federal government to recognize same sex marriage and partners, and offer them equal federal benefits protection.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">The historic defeat of the<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><em>Defense Of Marriage Act</em><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>(<em>DOMA)</em><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>stands as the single most important legal landmark for Same Sex Marriage Equality in the United States, and Kaplan’s argument that same sex and straight marriages are morally equal is having a profound impact on over 1,000 other state and federal laws. Even though Kaplan’s now famous Post-it served as an inspiring reminder that this was “all about Edie,” their shared victory reminds us that love and equality are about all of us. Together, Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan have reshaped the future for LGBT couples and families, and they’ve forever changed the course of American history.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“It is all too easy to become cynical, to assume that it’s all one big inside game and that nothing ever gets decided on the merits,” said Roberta Kaplan. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Logo’s Trailblazers because United States v. Windsor was in fact a landmark civil rights case that was decided on the merits. What Windsor means is that all Americans, including all gay Americans, have equal dignity that must be respected under the law.”</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"> “Trailblazers” will feature a performance from one of the year’s biggest breakthrough acts,<strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>A Great Big World</strong>, comprised of singer/songwriter Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, who scored global hits with “Say Something” and “This is the New Year”.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“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.”</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Trailblazers 2014 is executive produced by Chris McCarthy, Ryan Kroft, Chris Williams for Logo TV.  Joe Buoye serves as Executive in Charge for Logo TV with Amy Doyle, Wendy Plaut and Frank Ho as Executives in Charge of Talent and Music.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong>ABOUT LOGO TV</strong></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms. Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of MTV’s network of brands including MTV, MTV2, <a href="http://mtv.com/" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">MTV.com</a>, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.</p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"># # #</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Kurt Patat<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">212-846-2528<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"><a href="mailto:Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com</a></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Jason Shumaker<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">212-846-7325<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"><a href="mailto:Jason.Shumaker@logostaff.com" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">Jason.Shumaker@logostaff.com</a></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Kyle Pleva<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">310-752-8352<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"><a href="mailto:kyle.pleva@mtvstaff.com" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">kyle.pleva@mtvstaff.com</a></p>
LOGO TV ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL “TRAILBLAZERS” EVENT AND TELECAST HONORING PIONEERS WHO HAVE MADE HISTORIC STRIDES FOR LGBT EQUALITYhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/LOGO-TV-ANNOUNCES-FIRST-ANNUAL-“TRAILBLAZERS”-EVENT-AND-TELECAST-HONORING-PIONEERS-WHO-HAVE-MADE-HISTORIC-STRIDES-FOR-LGBT-.aspxLOGO TV ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL “TRAILBLAZERS” EVENT AND TELECAST HONORING PIONEERS WHO HAVE MADE HISTORIC STRIDES FOR LGBT EQUALITY5/21/2014 7:00:00 AM<p> </p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong><em>Event Honorees to Include DOMA Challengers Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan on the One-Year Anniversary of their Momentous Triumph for Gay Marriage</em></strong></p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong><em> </em></strong><strong><em>Daniel Radcliffe To Present,<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></em></strong><strong><em>Special Appearances by Jared Leto, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora,<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></em></strong><strong><em>Iggy Azalea and More<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></em></strong><strong><em>A Great Big World To Perform</em></strong></p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong><em> </em></strong><strong><em>One-Hour Special to Premiere June 26 at 9pm ET/PT from New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, One of the First Churches to Support Gay Rights</em></strong></p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong><em></em></strong><strong>New York, May 21, 2014</strong><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;line-height:1.5em;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>– Logo TV today announced “<a href="http://www.logotv.com/trailblazers/" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">Trailblazers</a>,” </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;line-height:1.5em;">a new annual event and television special 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.</span></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“Trailblazers” will premiere on Thursday, June 26<sup style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">th</sup>, during the most historic week of gay rights – the 45<sup style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">th</sup><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>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<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Edie Windsor</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>and<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Roberta Kaplan</strong>, 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.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">The special will feature presenter<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Daniel Radcliffe</strong>, who is a longtime supporter of The Trevor Project, a performance from<strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>A Great Big World</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>and special appearances from<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Jared Leto</strong>,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Kylie Minogue</strong>,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Ariana Grande</strong>,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Rita Ora,</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Iggy Azalea,</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Tyler Glenn</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>(Neon Trees) and<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Mary Lambert</strong>. Additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“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.”</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">In addition to honoring those pioneers who have taken a stand on the national stage, “Trailblazers” will pay tribute to local heroes. With <em>Hometown Trailblazers,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></em>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. Starting today, people can submit the pictures and videos of the heroes who inspire them at<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://bit.ly/1k2KDlJ" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">http://bit.ly/1k2KDlJ</a></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“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.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong>Edie Windsor<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></strong>and<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><strong>Roberta Kaplan<em><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></em></strong>are true pioneers in the LGBT Civil Rights Movement. Thanks to their tireless efforts,<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><em>The United States v. Windsor</em><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>has joined the ranks of America’s most celebrated equality milestones, taking its rightful place alongside the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the women’s suffrage movement.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">When the IRS compelled Edie Windsor to pay $363,053 in estate taxes after her wife’s death – something they don’t require of surviving hetero spouses – Edie stood up to fight for the entire LGBT community. Agreeing to take on the case pro-bono, Windsor’s attorney Roberta Kaplan selflessly devoted four years and countless hours to the legal battles that took the case all the way to the Supreme Court. This victory allows the federal government to recognize same sex marriage and partners, and offer them equal federal benefits protection.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">The historic defeat of the<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><em>Defense Of Marriage Act</em><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>(<em>DOMA)</em><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>stands as the single most important legal landmark for Same Sex Marriage Equality in the United States, and Kaplan’s argument that same sex and straight marriages are morally equal is having a profound impact on over 1,000 other state and federal laws. Even though Kaplan’s now famous Post-it served as an inspiring reminder that this was “all about Edie,” their shared victory reminds us that love and equality are about all of us. Together, Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan have reshaped the future for LGBT couples and families, and they’ve forever changed the course of American history.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“It is all too easy to become cynical, to assume that it’s all one big inside game and that nothing ever gets decided on the merits,” said Roberta Kaplan. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Logo’s Trailblazers because United States v. Windsor was in fact a landmark civil rights case that was decided on the merits. What Windsor means is that all Americans, including all gay Americans, have equal dignity that must be respected under the law.”</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"> “Trailblazers” will feature a performance from one of the year’s biggest breakthrough acts,<strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>A Great Big World</strong>, comprised of singer/songwriter Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, who scored global hits with “Say Something” and “This is the New Year”.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">“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.”</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Trailblazers 2014 is executive produced by Chris McCarthy, Ryan Kroft, Chris Williams for Logo TV.  Joe Buoye serves as Executive in Charge for Logo TV with Amy Doyle, Wendy Plaut and Frank Ho as Executives in Charge of Talent and Music.</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong>ABOUT LOGO TV</strong></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Logo TV is a leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community and reflects the creative class across television, digital and social platforms. Logo features one-of-a-kind personalities, shows, specials, and unique stories.  Logo is part of MTV’s network of brands including MTV, MTV2, <a href="http://mtv.com/" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">MTV.com</a>, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.</p><p align="center" style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"># # #</p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Kurt Patat<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">212-846-2528<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"><a href="mailto:Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com</a></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Jason Shumaker<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">212-846-7325<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"><a href="mailto:Jason.Shumaker@logostaff.com" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">Jason.Shumaker@logostaff.com</a></p><p style="font:13px/18.2px helvetica, arial;margin:0.5em 0px;padding:0px;text-align:justify;color:#000000;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;size:13pt;">Kyle Pleva<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">310-752-8352<br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"><a href="mailto:kyle.pleva@mtvstaff.com" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:currentcolor;color:#551389;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;cursor:pointer;">kyle.pleva@mtvstaff.com</a></p>

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