Beautiful As I Want To Be announcement As I Want To Be announcement9/30/2015 7:00:00 AM<p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Logo and Transgender Supermodel and Advocate Geena Rocero </strong><br><strong>Premiere "Beautiful As I Want To Be" Web Series </strong><br><strong>Wednesday, October 28</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Digital Docu-Series Spotlights Trans Leaders </strong><br><strong>Helping Trans Youth to Realize their Dreams</strong></p><p><strong>New York, NY, September 30, 2015 – </strong>Logo, the leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community, today announced the premiere of "Beautiful As I Want To Be," a digital-exclusive video series spotlighting transgender youth, on Wednesday, October 28, on and Logo's YouTube. Each of the 4 episodes will be introduced by Geena Rocero, a transgender supermodel and founder of Gender Proud, who also serves as an Executive Producer on the series. The production featured a crew of almost all transgender entertainment professionals. </p><p>For a teaser promo featuring Geena Rocero visit: <span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"><a href=""></a></span>​.</p><p>'Beautiful As I Want To Be' is a digital-exclusive video series and photo shoot partnering 4 trans young people with successful trans leaders to explore how they define beauty and identity. In each episode, a trans young person shares their backstory, their identity journey, and their dreams for the future. Their mentor/coach readies them for a photo shoot, and provides not only creative direction, but life advice. Through hair, make-up and wardrobe, the young person will be transformed into their ultimate expression of authentic beauty.</p><p>Executive Producer Geena Rocero will appear in each episode. She is regularly featured on E!'s "I Am Cait" and has walked the runway in high-profile fashion shows for designers including Carmen Marc Valvo. In August, she became the first trans woman in a Covergirl campaign and has also been featured in Candy magazine as well as the Marriott 'Love Travels' campaign. Rocero has been profiled and spoken out for transgender equality in Vanity Fair, Glamour, CNN, and MSNBC, among others. A video of her TED Talk, during which she first shared that she is transgender, has been viewed more than 2.7 million times. Rocero is the founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy organization that aims to tell a more empowered story about the transgender experience.</p><p>"I am excited to share with trans youth the ways that I've used modeling and art to creatively express myself and to realize my dreams," said Rocero. "This project is to affirm our youth's potential, their beauty, and the possibilities when we celebrate and allow them to be their most authentic selves."</p><p>Logo, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has a history of transgender media images including the series "TransGeneration" and the reality show "Transamerican Love Story," which received the GLAAD Media Award in 2009. Earlier this year, "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," Logo's documentary about transgender youth, received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special. </p><p>"Beautiful As I Want To Be" is directed by Raul Gasteazoro and executive produced by Allie Hoffman and Geena Rocero. Jonathan Mallow and Sarah DeFilippis serve as Executive Producers for Logo. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About Logo:</strong><strong>                 </strong><br><span style="font-size:8pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">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. </span><span style="font-size:8pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Logo is part of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group including VH1, MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central and Spike.</span></p>
Logo Research: "Gay Men in America: Community at a Crossroads" Research: "Gay Men in America: Community at a Crossroads"9/23/2015 7:00:00 AM​<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>IN BREAK WITH PREVIOUS GENERATION,</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>YOUNG GAY MEN FEAR LOSS OF COMMUNITY AS THEY GAIN ACCEPTANCE,</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>ACCORDING TO LANDMARK STUDY BY LOGO</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"Gay Men in America" Finds 61 Percent of Gay Men in their 20s and 30s Believe </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Gay Community was More United in the Past</strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY – </strong><strong>September</strong><strong> 23, 2015 – </strong>Following a historic Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality and as support for LGBT people continues to grow nationwide, younger gay men are increasingly longing for a stronger sense of community, according to a landmark new study by Logo, the leading entertainment brand inspired by the LGBT community.  The finding is among the many revelations in "Gay Men in America: Community at a Crossroads," the first in a series of studies that Logo is commissioning on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"As Logo celebrates its tenth anniversary, we wanted to talk to our audience and find out how these greater forces are shaping both their connection to the community and individual identities," said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of VH1 and Logo. "As we look at gay men, we find that many of them are enjoying the acceptance won by the struggles of the past, but also longing for the galvanizing effect those struggles had on the gay community."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to the study, gay men are searching for a stronger sense of community, pointing toward an emerging era of cultural reclamation following previous eras of assimilation (1990s/2000s) and marginalization (pre-1980s/1980s).</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>61 percent of gay men in their 20s and 30s agree, "in the past, the gay community was more united than it is today."</li><li>85 percent of gay men ages 18-49 agree, "even as gay people become more accepted, we should have places that are just for us" and that, "it's sad to see gay neighborhoods and bars disappear."</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">At the same time, gay men – particularly young gay men – are embracing their sexual orientation as core to their identity more than ever.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>55 percent of gay men in their 20s view being gay as extremely or very important to their identity, marking a double-digit increase versus gay men in their 40s (40 percent). </li><li>An overwhelming 95 percent of gay men agree that, "younger gay men are embracing their gay identity more so today than in the past." </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Reviving the Gay Community</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Looking to the future, the study found an overwhelming call for consensus from the inside, with 92 percent of gay men hoping the community becomes more accepting of each other, and 91 percent describing a need for more open dialogue among gay men. Moreover, 87 percent wish the gay community "was as united during the rest of the year as we are during Pride." </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Among gay men in their 20s, 56 percent agree that "being gay feels like part of a brotherhood" and 64 percent "often feel an instant bond with other gay men – even if we just met." This younger community is already laying the groundwork for new ways to connect with each other online, through social media and in-person with 78 percent in their 20s saying, "online gay communities/groups/forums help me feel connected to the broader community," and 76 percent agreeing that "social media has helped expand my circle of gay friends." Nearly 3 in 4 gay men (70 percent) in their 20s also say they participate in organized groups/activities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Reclaiming Gay Identity</strong></p><p>Overall, 2 in 3 gay men (67 percent) agree "my life is more interesting because I'm gay," and 3 in 4 (75 percent) agree that being gay "has had a positive effect on my life."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Yet as gay people, couples and issues are more accepted than ever before, many gay men are looking to reclaim points of differentiation. For example, 77 percent agree, "I like sharing cool aspects of gay culture with my straight friends." However, almost 9 in 10 (88 percent) agree, "gay people shouldn't have to conform to straight people's norms and values."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>The study also found that while gay men are excited about the newfound freedoms and opportunities that are available to them today, many also feel subject to a new set of cultural pressures and expectations.  </p><p> </p><p>For example, 6 in 10 gay men in their 20s say "now that gay marriage is legal in so many places, my family expects me to get married and have children one day."  However, many are still striving to preserve the community's historically counter-cultural spirit, with 67 percent agreeing that "being gay means you have the freedom to do things differently."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition, 88 percent of gay men agree, "the gay community should be recognized for the contributions we have made to mainstream culture." However, the majority would like to carve out their own societal niche with 62 percent agreeing, "there are some aspects of gay life we should not share with straight people."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Redefining What It Means to Be Gay</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">While at one time coming out was perhaps the most defining moment in a gay man's life, 65 percent of gay men in their 20s and 30s today are focused on life after coming out saying, "today the big struggle is figuring out what kind of gay man I want to be."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Yet, even with an unprecedented level of positive gay representation in media, popular television shows, music and the political landscape, a vast majority of gay men (86 percent) still wish there were "more gay role models and mentors they could look up to." </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition, the journey of self-discovery is proving difficult with 6 in 10 agreeing, "it's harder for younger gay men to take advice from older gay men because the world is so different today," and 95 percent stating, "there is no handbook for how to be gay." </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Subsequently, it's no surprise to see 8 in 10 (79 percent) agree that "younger gay men are creating new rules around what it means to be gay," and inventing a new "gay guidebook" in the process.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Methodology:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Logo TV's "Gay Men Redefined" included a nationally representative quantitative survey of 1,000 gay men ages 18-49, as well as multiple qualitative methods such as expert interviews, immersive workshops, guided city safaris, mobile ethnographies, semiotic analysis and literature reviews.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About Logo:</strong></p><p>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=""></a>, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Michael Fabiani, 212-846-7393, <a href=""></a> <br>Rich Ferraro, 212-846-7596, <a href=""></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>​ </p>
"Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine" To Make Television premiere on Logo Monday, July 27"Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine" To Make Television premiere on Logo Monday, July 277/23/2015 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;">​​<strong style="text-align:center;line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">"MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE" TO MAKE TELEVISION PREMIERE ON LOGO MONDAY, JULY 27</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Second Film in Logo Documentary Films Offers Never-Before-Seen Look at </strong><br><strong>Life and Legacy of Matthew Shepard </strong></p><p>New York, NY, July 23, 2015 – Logo today announced the television premiere of "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine," an acclaimed documentary that explores the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, on Monday, July 27 at 9pm ET. Filmmaker and childhood friend of Matthew, <strong>Michele Josue</strong>,<strong> </strong>revisits the shocking Laramie, Wyoming hate crime with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage of Matthew, and new revelations about his all-too-brief life from family and friends. </p><p>For more information about the film and clips follow #MattShepard and visit: <a href=""></a> <br>For a trailer that can be embedded in coverage: <a href=""></a>  (embed code below).</p><p>"Our film and the people in it all bear witness to the simple fact that Matt Shepard was a good person—an amazing person with a bright future who tragically fell victim to the ignorance and hatred that persists in our society today," said director <strong>Michele Josue.</strong>  </p><p>"There's a generation of LGBT people and allies who are not familiar with Matthew's life or how the world reacted when he was murdered," said <strong>Taj Paxton</strong>, Executive Producer of Logo Documentary Films. "Through discussing Matthew's life and legacy, Michele Josue not only shows a powerfully human side to Matthew, but reminds us all of the work that needs to be done to fight today's epidemic of anti-LGBT hate violence." </p><p>Years after Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten in 1998, Josue traveled across the world to give the audience more of an insight into who Matt really was. <strong>Judy and Dennis Shepard</strong>, Matthew's parents, show their true heroic characters and discuss the creation of <strong>The Matthew Shepard Foundation</strong>, an organization that fights hate crimes and educates the public about Matthew's life.</p><p>The film has a<strong> score of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes </strong>and earned 10 <strong>Best Documentary and Audience Choice Awards</strong> from film festivals worldwide, including the <strong>Audience Award </strong>from the <strong>Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival</strong>, Russia's LGBT film series. Josue and producer Liam McNiff received The Reel Affirmations' Keith Clark & Barry Becker Filmmaker Award. </p><p><strong>Pamela Post</strong>, head of Logo Original Programming, announced the launch of Logo Documentary Films last month with the critically-acclaimed film, <strong>Out in the Night. </strong>Each month, the division will premiere a new film about life in the LGBT community and culture.  "Through sharing Matthew's story and speaking out against hate violence, Dennis & Judy Shepard have helped countless people. Logo is proud to work with Michele to bring their vital work and this moving film to an even larger audience." </p><p>Michele Josue is the Director, Producer, and Editor of "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine."  Liam Mcniff is also producer, executive producer and editor.  Arleen McGlade and Linda Karn are also Executive Producers.  Nicholas Jacobson-Laron is the composer.  Craig Trudeau serves as the cinematographer.   </p><p><strong>EMBED FOR "MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE" TRAILER:</strong></p><p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding:4px;"><iframe src="<a href=""></a> 1222064<a href="">/cp~vid%3D</a>1222064<a href=""></a>1222064" width="512" height="288" frameborder="0"></iframe><p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;">Get More: <a href="<a href=""></a>" style="color:#439CD8;" target="_blank">Logo Documentary Films</a>, <a href="<a href=""></a>" style="color:#439CD8;" target="_blank">Logo TV</a></p></div></div></p>
THE FIERCEST QUEENS IN EMMY-NOMINATED “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” HERSTORY WILL RETURN FOR SECOND SEASON OF “RUPAUL’S ALL STARS DRAG RACE”“RUPAUL’S-DRAG-RACE”-HERSTORY-WILL-RETURN-FOR-SECOND-SEASON-OF-“RUPAUL’S-ALL-STARS-DR.aspxTHE FIERCEST QUEENS IN EMMY-NOMINATED “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” HERSTORY WILL RETURN FOR SECOND SEASON OF “RUPAUL’S ALL STARS DRAG RACE”7/22/2015 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:center;background-color:transparent;">THE FIERCEST QUEENS IN EMMY-NOMINATED "RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE" HERSTORY WILL RETURN FOR SECOND SEASON OF "RUPAUL'S ALL STARS DRAG RACE"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:center;background-color:transparent;"><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Summer Sizzles with Premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 4 RuVealed" Friday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. on Logo</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em></em></strong></p><p><strong>Embeddable Message from RuPaul: </strong><a href=""><strong>CLICK HERE</strong></a>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>NEW YORK, NY</strong> – <strong>July 22, 2015</strong> – Ending years of fan speculation, and hot off the heels of the franchise's well-deserved, first Emmy nomination last week, Logo today announced "<a href="">RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race</a>" will return for a second season, packed with more eleganza and double-lashed side eye than Drag Race has ever seen. A bevy of the most talked about queens in "RuPaul's Drag Race" herstory will return to battle it out in unforgettable, wigtastic challenges as they try to sashay their way into the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" alongside Chad Michaels, who took home the first season's All Stars crown. The second season of "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race" is slated to premiere following the eighth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race." Cast details and premiere dates will be announced at a future time.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">"They arrive as drag artists. They leave as international stars," said Executive Producer, RuPaul. "The chance to bring back the best of the best for a new season of '</span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">All Stars'</span><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;"> is a dream come true for me and their legions of fans around the world."</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">"On the heels of Drag Race's seventh season, one of the most buzzworthy and highly-watched seasons to date, our fans have spoken and they want more drama, more queens and more Ru," said Pamela Post, Head of Original Programming, Logo. "From revisiting old favorites in RuVealed and All Stars, to meeting the new stars of season eight, the Drag Race party on Logo will be bigger and better than ever before."</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">Can't wait for season eight?  Don't sweat it! Fans won't have to wait long for all new Ru. "RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 4 RuVealed" premieres with a special, 90-minute episode on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, featuring a never-before-seen look into the unforgettable fourth season of the franchise with fresh reads and enough shade to get fans through the summer heat. Each week, relive this cherished season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" with added, behind-the-scenes commentary and insider trivia from RuPaul on your favorite queens including Latrice Royale, Jiggly Caliente, Chad Michaels and season champion, Sharon Needles.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">​To celebrate "RuVealed," Logo will be adding season four's most giffable moments all season long to our "RuPaul's Drag Race" smart phone keyboard app.  Download today at </span><a href="file:///C:/Users/joscelyn/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook%20Temp/" style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;"></a><span style="line-height:1.6;background-color:transparent;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola serve as Executive Producers for Logo.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information on "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race" and sneak preview clips, go to <a href=""></a>.  To stay up to date on "RuPaul's Drag Race" news and exclusives, join the "<a href="">RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race</a>" and "<a href="">RuPaul's Drag Race</a>" Facebook pages and follow the #DragRace conversation along on Twitter at @<a href="">RuPaulsDragRace</a>. For even more #DragRace, check out live gifs from the show on <a href="">Tumblr</a> and additional content on the show's <a href="">Instagram</a> page.</p>
MARTIN LUTHER KING III TO HONOR GAY CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER BAYARD RUSTIN AT 2015 LOGO “TRAILBLAZER HONORS”“TRAILBLAZER-HONORS”.aspxMARTIN LUTHER KING III TO HONOR GAY CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER BAYARD RUSTIN AT 2015 LOGO “TRAILBLAZER HONORS”6/25/2015 7:00:00 AM<p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>MARTIN LUTHER KING III TO HONOR</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>GAY CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER BAYARD RUSTIN</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>IN HISTORIC MOMENT AT 2015 LOGO "TRAILBLAZER HONORS"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Raven Symoné, Kelly Osbourne, "Orange is the New Black's" Samira Wiley and Lea DeLaria, and More To Honor LGBT Pioneers on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Logo</em></strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">New York, NY, June 25, 2015 – Logo today announced that civil rights icon <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong>, the son of Martin Luther King, Jr., will pay tribute to the late gay civil rights pioneer  <strong>Bayard Rustin</strong> at the 2015 Logo "Trailblazer Honors" on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.  <strong>Raven Symoné, </strong>co-host of "The View,"<strong> </strong>will join the special tribute to Rustin and introduce <strong>Martin Luther King III. </strong>The second annual "Trailblazer Honors" celebrate LGBT pioneers at the forefront of the march to equality. Additional honorees include Iranian LGBT activist <strong>Arsham Parsi </strong>along with a group of 'Trailblazing Parents:' <strong>Judy & Dennis Shepard</strong>, founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, as well as <strong>Marsha Aizumi </strong>and<strong> Sheila Lopez</strong>, two PFLAG moms who stood up for their own families and in the process have inspired countless LGBT youth.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The largest televised LGBT Pride event will feature performances by Grammy award nominee <strong>Adam Lambert</strong> as well as Grammy award winning musician <strong>Jack Antonoff</strong> and his critically acclaimed band <strong>Bleachers. </strong>In addition to <strong>Raven Symoné,</strong> presenters include <strong>Tyler Posey </strong>("Teen Wolf"), TV personality <strong>Kelly Osbourne</strong>,<strong> </strong>"Orange is the New Black's" <strong>Samira Wiley </strong>and<strong> Lea DeLaria</strong>, <strong>Tituss Burgess</strong> ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), transgender musician <strong>Laura Jane Grace, </strong>PFLAG mom <strong>Betty DeGeneres, Violet Chachki </strong>("RuPaul's Drag Race"), <strong>Michael J Willett </strong>("Faking It") and <strong>Frankie Grande</strong> ("America's Best Dance Crew"). "Trailblazer Honors" also features special appearances from <strong>Jane Fonda</strong>, <strong>Lily Tomlin</strong>, <strong>Sir Ian McKellen</strong>, <strong>Nate Ruess</strong>, <strong>Judith Light, Billy Porter </strong>and <strong>Geena Rocero</strong>, among others. The one-hour special will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the first religious institutions in New York City to champion LGBT issues.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more info: <a href=""></a> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Martin Luther King III</strong> will present a posthumous Trailblazer Honor to <strong>Bayard Rustin</strong>. Rustin was an openly gay participant in the first Freedom Rides, as well as a political strategist, advisor and confidante of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was instrumental in organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was the chief organizer for The 1963 March on Washington. Despite his accomplishments and contributions, Rustin was largely written out of American history as a result of homophobia. His surviving partner <strong>Walter Naegle</strong> will accept the Trailblazer Honor on his behalf. <strong>Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, </strong>and<strong> Dustin Lance Black </strong>will be part of a special video tribute to Rustin. </p><p>"Bayard Rustin was a champion," said <strong>Martin Luther King III</strong>. "Not just a champion of the LGBT community, but a champion of the civil rights movement and humanity itself. Prejudice may have scratched his name from the history books, but during the Trailblazer Honors we will come together to remember the legacy he left behind. As many fail to realize, Bayard Rustin was a vital strategist, advisor, and more than anything, a brother to my father. I am proud to stand with Logo to present this award, and beyond honored to celebrate a man as exceptionally heroic as Bayard Rustin."</p><p>"Bayard Rustin is an American hero who deserves to be acknowledged alongside the titans of the Civil Rights Era, yet he unjustly fell victim to the same homophobia and racism that he spent his life fighting against," said <strong>Stephen Friedman</strong>, President of MTV and Logo. "We are so proud to partner with Martin Luther King III to honor Bayard's legacy and bring his groundbreaking life's work to a new generation."</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additional honorees for Logo's "Trailblazer Honors" include:</p><ul><li><strong>Judy & Dennis Shepard</strong>, who began the Matthew Shepard Foundation in his honor only weeks after his 1998 murder, have worked tirelessly to tell Matthew's story, raise awareness for anti-violence legislation and promote human dignity through education, outreach and advocacy programs. Their incredibly long battle for national support to fight hate crimes reached a major triumph in 2009 when President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, expanding measures of protection for victims of violence targeted based on perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.</li><li><strong>PFLAG mom Sheila Lopez</strong> founded the first and only PFLAG chapter for Native Americans. After discovering PFLAG, Sheila became a leading LGBT advocate in the Southwest, offering support to her two gay children, as well as other Native American parents and LGBT youth. </li><li><strong>PFLAG mom Marsha Aizumi</strong> is the mother of a transgender son and founded the country's first and only PFLAG chapter for Asian-Pacific Islanders. Throughout her work she has developed safe and nurturing high school diploma programs to assist ostracized LGBT students. </li><li><strong>Arsham Parsi</strong> began an online support group for LGBT people while living in his home country of Iran, but fled when authorities began to seek him out. In Iran, being gay or lesbian can be punished by imprisonment, corporal punishment or in some cases, execution. Parsi was granted asylum in Canada and began an organization which has, to date, helped over 1100 LGBT Iranians apply for asylum. He tells the story of his activism and why he was forced to flee from Iran in his book <em>Exiled for Love: The Journey of an Iranian Queer Activist.</em></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Logo will also once again honor a Social Trailblazer. Fans can vote for nominees Connor Franta, Joey Graceffa, Jackson Bird and Gaby Dunn using designated hashtags. For more info: <a href=""></a>.    ​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Logo "Trailblazer Honors" is executive produced by Chris McCarthy, Ryan Kroft, and Chris Williams for Logo. Joe Buoye serves as Executive in Charge for Logo with Amy Doyle, Wendy Plaut and Gina Esposito as Executives in Charge of Talent and Music. </p>
PRESIDENT OBAMA CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF LOGO AND PROGRESS TOWARDS LGBT EQUALITY AT LOGO TRAILBLAZER HONORS OBAMA CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF LOGO AND PROGRESS TOWARDS LGBT EQUALITY AT LOGO TRAILBLAZER HONORS6/25/2015 7:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF LOGO AND</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>REMARKABLE PROGRESS TOWARD LGBT EQUALITY</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>AT LOGO TRAILBLAZER HONORS</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"WHEN EVERY VOICE IS HEARD, CHANGE IS NOT JUST POSSIBLE, CHANGE IS INEVITABLE"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Obama Administration Honored for LGBT Legacy at Largest Televised Pride Event Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Logo</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p>New York, NY, June 25, 2015 – <strong>President Barack Obama</strong> addressed the crowd at the second annual Logo "Trailblazer Honors" with a special video message that celebrated the network's tenth anniversary and the remarkable progress the LGBT equality movement has made over the last decade. Out actress <strong>Samira Wiley</strong> ("Orange is the New Black") and out retired NBA player <strong>Jason Collins</strong> introduced the video message and paid tribute to the Obama administration for its commitment to bettering the lives of LGBT Americans. The "Trailblazer Honors," which celebrate pioneers at the forefront of the march to LGBT equality, air Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Logo. </p><p>Logo also announced that <strong>Miley Cyrus </strong>will open the "Trailblazer Honors" with a special video message. </p><p>President Obama highlighted ten years of extraordinary progress for LGBT Americans and the country during his message:  </p><p>I'm honored to help start the party.  Tonight is a chance to celebrate, not just ten years of Logo, but ten years of extraordinary progress for our country.  When this network aired its first show, gay marriage was a political wedge issue used to divide us.  Today the majority of Americans live in states where they can get married, no matter who they love.  Today "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is history.  We passed the hate crime law that bears Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.'s name. And all you have to do is look at this month's cover of Vanity Fair to see how America is more accepting of people for who they truly are.  We still have plenty of work to do together, but tonight is a reminder that when everybody does their part, when every voice is heard, change is not just possible – change is inevitable.  So here's to ten extraordinary years, and all the years to come.  Let's keep standing together to make sure every American is treated with dignity and respect they deserve."  </p><p> </p><p>To view the video message from President Obama: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> and for more info on the "Trailblazer Honors": <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p> </p><p>The Obama administration's record in support of the LGBT community includes both significant legislative achievements and major administrative actions in support of equality. President Obama signed the bill to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. In 2011, he and former Attorney General Eric Holder announced that they would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for marriage equality in 37 states and counting. The administration lifted the HIV entry ban and developed a national HIV and AIDS strategy. The Affordable Care Act expanded access to health coverage for LGBT citizens, and health insurance companies can no longer deny coverage because of someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. President Obama also issued a memorandum to all Federal agencies abroad to promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons around the world.</p><p>"Throughout his tenure, President Obama and his administration have provided the political leadership, will, and muscle necessary for the LGBT equality movement to realize so many of its highest aims," said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV and Logo.  "As the LGBT community pushes ahead into a new era, we are proud to recognize the Obama Administration for its commitment to LGBT equality and its role in accelerating the monumental progress of the last decade."</p><p> </p><p>Also during the Logo "Trailblazer Honors," <strong>Martin Luther King III </strong>and <strong>Raven Symoné </strong>("The View") pay tribute to openly gay civil rights icon <strong>Bayard Rustin</strong>, whose surviving partner <strong>Walter Naegle </strong>accepts the honor<strong>. </strong>Additional honorees include <strong>Judy & Dennis Shepard, </strong>Iranian LGBT activist <strong>Arsham Parsi </strong>and, along with PFLAG National, <strong>'Trailblazing Parents.'</strong> The one-hour special is held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the first religious institutions in New York City to champion LGBT issues. </p><p> </p><p>The largest televised LGBT Pride event features performances from <strong>Adam Lambert </strong>and <strong>Bleachers </strong>as well as presenters including TV personality <strong>Kelly Osbourne</strong>,<strong> </strong>transgender musician <strong>Laura Jane Grace, Tituss Burgess</strong> ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), <strong>Michael J. Willett </strong>("Faking It"), and <strong>Frankie Grande</strong> ("America's Best Dance Crew"). "Trailblazer Honors" also features special appearances from <strong>Jane Fonda</strong>, <strong>Lily Tomlin</strong>, <strong>Sir Ian McKellen</strong>, <strong>Nate Ruess</strong>, <strong>Judith Light, Billy Porter </strong>and <strong>Geena Rocero</strong>, among others.  </p><p> </p><p>Logo "Trailblazer Honors" is executive produced by Chris McCarthy, Ryan Kroft, and Chris Williams for Logo. Joe Buoye serves as Executive in Charge for Logo with Amy Doyle, Wendy Plaut and Gina Esposito as Executives in Charge of Music and Talent. </p><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>To Embed Video:</strong></span></p><p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding:4px;"><iframe src="<a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>" width="512" height="288" frameborder="0"></iframe><p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;">Get More:</p><p><a href="<a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://ww</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>" style="color:#439CD8;" target="_blank">2015 Logo Trailblazer Honors</a></p></div></div></p>


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