MARTIN LUTHER KING III TO HONOR GAY CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER BAYARD RUSTIN AT 2015 LOGO “TRAILBLAZER HONORS”http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/MARTIN-LUTHER-KING-III-TO-HONOR-GAY-CIVIL-RIGHTS-PIONEER-BAYARD-RUSTIN-AT-2015-LOGO-“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="http://www.logotv.com/events/trailblazer-honors/">http://www.logotv.com/events/trailblazer-honors/</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="http://logo.to/SocialTrailblazer">http://logo.to/SocialTrailblazer</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 HONORShttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/PRESIDENT-BARACK-OBAMA-CELEBRATES-TEN-YEARS-OF-LOGO-AND.aspxPRESIDENT 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="http://logo.to/1BDQQzg"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://logo.to/1BDQQzg</span></a> and for more info on the "Trailblazer Honors": <a href="http://www.logotv.com/events/trailblazer-honors/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.logotv.com/events/trailblazer-honors/</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="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:uma:video:logotv.com:1214879"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:uma:video:logotv.com:1214879</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="http://www.logotv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://ww</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;">w.logotv.com/</span></a>" style="color:#439CD8;" target="_blank">2015 Logo Trailblazer Honors</a></p></div></div></p>
Logo to Celebrate PFLAG and 'Trailblazing Parents'http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/Logo-to-Celebrate-PFLAG-and-'Trailblazing-Parents'-.aspxLogo to Celebrate PFLAG and 'Trailblazing Parents'6/23/2015 7:00:00 AM<p>​​​​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Logo to Celebrate PFLAG and 'Trailblazing Parents' including </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Judy & Dennis Shepard and Honor Iranian Activist Arsham Parsi </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>at Second Annual "Trailblazer Honors"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Bleachers to Perform During Star-Studded Televised LGBT Pride Event</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Featuring Adam Lambert, Raven </em></strong><strong><em>Symon</em></strong><em><strong>é, Laura Jane Grace, Kelly Osbourne, Tyler Posey, </strong></em><br><em><strong>Sir Ian McKellen and more </strong></em><strong><em>Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Logo</em></strong></p><p><em> </em></p><p>New York, NY, June 23, 2015 – As part of LGBT Pride month, Logo today announced honorees for the 2015 "Trailblazer Honors," which celebrate LGBT pioneers at the forefront of the march to equality and premiere Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. During the event, <strong>Iranian LGBT activist Arsham Parsi</strong> will be honored for his work to raise awareness of LGBT people in Iran. Along with PFLAG National, Logo will also honor a group of <strong>'Trailblazing Parents' </strong>including two PFLAG mothers who stood up for their own families and in the process have inspired countless LGBT youth. The 'Trailblazing Parents' honorees also include <strong>Judy & Dennis Shepard</strong>, founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, who will receive the honor from musician <strong>Laura Jane Grace</strong>. </p><p>Logo also announced today that Grammy award winning musician <strong>Jack Antonoff</strong> and his critically acclaimed band, <strong>Bleachers, </strong>are set to perform <strong>'Like a River Runs' </strong>during the largest televised LGBT Pride event. Bleachers have been a proud member of <strong>The Ally Coalition</strong> for many years which raises vital funds for LGBT organizations. They join a previously announced performance of '<strong>Ghost Town'</strong> by <strong>Adam Lambert</strong>. </p><p>"I am so honored to be a part of this event that is recognizing such amazing people doing such powerful work in a complicated world. I am truly inspired by this gathering of people," said <strong>Jack Antonoff. </strong></p><p>Celebrity presenters in addition to <strong>Laura Jane Grace </strong>include <strong>Raven Symon</strong><strong>é</strong><em><strong> </strong></em>("The View"),<em><strong> </strong></em>TV personality <strong>Kelly Osbourne</strong>,<strong> </strong>"Orange is the New Black's" <strong>Samira Wiley </strong>and<strong> Lea DeLaria</strong>, <strong>Tyler Pose</strong><strong>y </strong>("Teen Wolf"), <strong>Tituss Burgess </strong>("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"),PFLAG mom <strong>Betty DeGeneres,</strong> <strong>Violet Chach</strong><strong>ki </strong>("RuPaul's Drag Race"), and <strong>Frankie Grande</strong> ("America's Best Dance Crew"). "Trailblazer Honors" will also feature 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>For more info: <a href="http://www.logotv.com/events/trailblazer-honors/">http://www.logotv.com/events/trailblazer-honors/</a> <strong> </strong> </p><p><br></p><p> <span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">W</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">or</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">king</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;"> with community partner </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">PFLAG</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">—the nation's largest family and all</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">y organization, uniting f</span><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">amilies, friends, and allies with people who are LGBTQ—the event will also spotlight the efforts of 'Trailblazing Parents,' who are making a positive impact in the lives of countless LGBT youth.</span></p><p> <span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">The 'Trailblazing Parents' will be introduced by </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">Laura Jane Grace </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">and</span><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;"> PFLAG mom Betty DeGeneres. </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;">Parents who will be honored include:</span></p><ul><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>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.<br><br><br><strong>Arsham Parsi</strong> will receive this year's <strong>International Trailblazer Award</strong>. While living in his home country of Iran, Parsi began an online support group for LGBT people, 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 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><br><br><br>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="http://logo.to/SocialTrailblazer">http://logo.to/SocialTrailblazer</a>.    <br><br>​<br>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. <br><br> </li></ul><p><strong>ABOUT BLEACHERS</strong><br><strong> </strong><strong>Bleachers</strong> is Grammy Award winner Jack Antonoff's latest musical endeavor. Earlier this month Antonoff announced the first ever <strong>"Shadow of the City" </strong>music festival to be held September 19<sup>th</sup> at the Stone Pony SummerStage in New Jersey's Asbury Park. Additionally, the original docu-series <strong>"Thank You and Sorry"</strong><strong> </strong>was released exclusively on Google Play which features Jack as he navigates the bizarre world of touring and life on the road with Bleachers. Bleachers also<strong> </strong>recently released the<strong> </strong><strong>"Like A River Runs" EP</strong><strong> </strong>which is available now at all digital providers. "Like A River Runs" marks the launch of the 3<sup>rd</sup> single off Bleachers' debut album "<strong>Strange Desire".</strong>  The first single off the album <strong>"I Wanna Get Better"</strong> quickly rose to No. 1 on the alt radio chart while the second single <strong>"Rollercoaster"</strong> recently hit #3 on the chart. <em>USA Today</em> called the album,<em> "</em>full of hooks and full of heart" and <em>Stereogum</em> declared it "triumphant." Bleachers made their network television debut on NBC's <em>Late Night With Seth Meyers</em> and followed with performances on <em>Late Night Starring Jimmy</em><em> Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live,</em> a follow up performance and chat segment on <em>Seth Meyers</em> as well as special performance on <em>Conan </em>and appearance on<em> The Ellen DeGeneres Show.</em>  Bleachers' eccentric rollout campaign has featured announcements via <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-antonoff-details-bleachers-album-via-craigslist-ad-20140515">Craigslist</a>, a <a href="http://www.bleachers-online.com/">Bleachers Hotline</a>, artwork revealed by anonymous countrywide <a href="http://www.foodrepublic.com/2014/06/06/bleachers-reveals-new-album-art-birthday-cake-deli">cake deliveries</a>, a surprise public access television telethon called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq2hXCJcyN4">"Thank You Very Much"</a> and even a series with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUkpB-NmegE">Bill Nye The Science Guy.</a> Jack played a variety of shows in addition to hosting this year's MTVu Woodie Awards at SXSW. Most recently, Bleachers concluded the Bleachers Come Alive! Tour and Jack joined Fred Armisen and the 8G band on Late Night With Seth Meyers for a two night residency on the show. Jack will be kicking off his co-headlining summer tour, <strong>"Charli and Jack Do America"</strong> with Charli XCX on July 21<sup>st</sup> in San Diego, CA.</p>
Trailblazers 2015 Performerhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/Trailblazers-2015-Performer.aspxTrailblazers 2015 Performer6/11/2015 7:00:00 AM<p>​​​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>ADAM LAMBERT TO ROCK LOGO'S SECOND ANNUAL</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>"TRAILBLAZER HONORS" DURING LGBT PRIDE MONTH</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sir Ian McKellen, Raven Symon</em></strong><em><strong>é</strong></em><strong><em> and More to </em></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><em>Honor LGBT Pioneers Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Logo</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY, June 11, 2015 </strong>– As LGBT Pride Month kicks off and the nation awaits an historic Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, Logo today announced that Grammy nominee and GLAAD Media Award recipient <strong>Adam Lambert</strong> will perform at the 2015 Logo "Trailblazer Honors." The annual event and television special honoring pioneers at the forefront of the march to LGBT equality airs on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.  LGBT celebrities and allies including <strong>Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sir Ian McKellen, Raven Symon</strong><strong>é, Judith Light </strong>and more<strong> </strong>will be included throughout the event.  <strong> </strong><strong><em> </em></strong></p><p>"We're on the verge of a transformative moment for marriage equality in the midst of a remarkable time for LGBT rights," said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV and Logo. "This year's "Trailblazer Honors" will be a celebration of the pioneers from across the spectrum of the LGBT movement who continue to drive the sweeping changes at hand."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Trailblazer Honors" will recognize and feature celebrities, politicians, activists and trendsetters who are transforming the cultural landscape and elevating LGBT equality.   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 the causes of LGBT people, including the fight for marriage equality.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Adam Lambert</strong> will perform his new single <strong>'Ghost Town'</strong> from his upcoming album 'The Original High,' set for release on June 16. Lambert is the first out LGBT artist to have a number one hit on the Billboard 200. In 2014, he received the Davidson/Valentini Award from GLAAD for his LGBT advocacy efforts, including his work with LGBT youth organization The Trevor Project. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.</p><p>For the first time, Logo will also honor a Social Trailblazer. Fans can vote for nominees Connor Franta, Joey Graceffa, Jackson Bird and Gaby Dunn using designated hashtags. <span style="line-height:115%;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";font-size:12pt;"><font color="#000000">For more info: </font><a href="http://logo.to/SocialTrailblazer"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0000ff">http://<span style="">logo.to/SocialTrailblazer</span></font></span></a><font color="#000000">.</font></span><font color="#000000"><span style="line-height:115%;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";font-size:12pt;"><span style="">  </span></span><span style="line-height:115%;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";font-size:12pt;"><span style="">  </span></span></font></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Last year during the inaugural Logo "Trailblazer Honors," <strong>President Clinton, Adam Levine, Demi Lovato, Daniel Radcliffe, Joe Manganiello, Sia, Michael Stipe, </strong>and more honored LGBT pioneers including <strong>Laverne Cox </strong>and the cast of <strong>Orange is the New Black, Edie Windsor, Roberta Kaplan, </strong>the NBA's <strong>Jason Collins </strong>and <strong>John Wambere </strong>of Uganda. </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><p>​</p>
Logo Documentary Filmshttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/Logo-Documentary-Films.aspxLogo Documentary Films6/9/2015 7:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>LOGO LAUNCHES NEW DOCUMENTARY DIVISION </strong><br><strong>WITH SIX AWARD-WINNING FILMS CAPTURING CULTURE, STYLE, ACTIVISM</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>AND THE LGBT EXPERIENCE</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Building on its 2015 Emmy Win for "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Logo to Partner with "POV" on PBS for Premiere of "Out in the Night" on Monday, June 22 </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY – June 9, 2015 – </strong>Logo today announced the launch of <strong>Logo Documentary Films</strong>, a new division created to share powerful stories that capture LGBT life and culture in all its diversity.  Beginning in June with LGBT Pride Month, Logo will premiere a new film each month covering subjects as varied Matthew Shepard, the young man who was bigger than a headline; the fight for LGBT acceptance beyond the Western world; and high stakes fashion in 1970's France. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The creation of Logo Documentary Films follows the network's Emmy win for "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," a film on transgender youth that premiered on Logo and MTV last fall.  The documentary was recognized with a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Special category.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"LGBT culture is rich with remarkable stories and storytellers and, with Logo Documentary Films, we've committed to bringing films that bring the vivid color of the experience to life," said Pamela Post, Logo's Head of Original Programming. "These films entertain, enlighten, and deeply engage, and we're proud to share them with our audience."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Logo Documentary Films' slate launches with blair dorosh-walther's "Out in the Night," premiering on Monday, June 22 at 10 p.m. on Logo and simultaneously on PBS's "<a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">POV (Point of View)</span></a>," American television's longest-running independent documentary series. The film tells the story of a group of African-American lesbian women who were violently and sexually threatened by a man in Greenwich Village in 2006, and later vilified in the media and charged with attempted murder for defending themselves. For the first time on film, the women tell their side of the story. "Out in the Night" is a co-production of ITVS and a co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are thrilled to partner with Logo on this landmark broadcast, which marks POV's first simulcast with a cable network," said Chris White, POV's Executive Producer. "Out in the Night, which kicks off our 28<sup>th</sup> season on PBS, is a gripping look at this case and the lives it affected, as well as a timely examination of the role that race, gender and sexual identity play in the mainstream media and the criminal justice system."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Additional film titles in Logo Documentary Films' 2015-2016 slate include <strong>"Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine," "Versailles '73,"</strong> <strong>"Gen Silent," "Out & Around,"</strong> and <strong>"The IF Project."</strong> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This year Logo celebrates its 10 year anniversary and the advancements in LGBT rights during that time have been remarkable," said Chris McCarthy, Logo's General Manager.  "We are honored to partner with these filmmakers to share the stories that will shape the next era of the LGBT movement for equality."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Logo Documentary Films' 2015-2016 Slate:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Out in the Night" </strong>(Director: blair dorosh-walther)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend themselves against him and are branded by the media as a 'Gang of Killer Lesbians' and subsequently charged with assault and attempted murder. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" </strong>(Director: Michele Josue)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Almost 20 years since his tragic death, Michele Josue, filmmaker and childhood friend of Matthew Shepard, interviews family, friends, and the people who knew him best in this award-winning film. Police investigators and the bartender who last saw him alive on that fateful night are also featured.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"<strong>Out and Around" </strong>(Director: Lauren Fash and Ryan Suffern)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A young lesbian couple travels through Asia, Africa, and South America over one year to discover what "equality" means outside the West. During the trip, they get engaged and fight their own battle for acceptance with their family. Lisa Dazols and Jennifer Chang documented 120 hours of video on their journey. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Versailles '73: An American Revolution" </strong>(Director: Deborah Riley Draper)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The five lions of French couture Givenchy, Dior, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin are pitted against five upstart American designers Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass in the legendary fashion show face-off staged at the Palace of Versailles in 1973. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Gen Silent" </strong>(Director: Stu Maddux)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Those who fought the earliest battles for equality now face so much fear about discrimination in health care/long-term care that they hide their past lives, are afraid to ask for help, and die earlier. But, a small group of professionals is trying to change that.  Gen Silent is told through the eyes of six LGBT seniors in Boston, Massachusetts.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"The IF Project" </strong>(Director: Kathlyn Horan)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Seattle police officer started a writing program to try and understand how inmates ended up on a criminal path.  The IF Project stemmed from a collection of essays after the following question was asked: "If there was something someone could have said or done to change the path that led you here what would it have been?"</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chris McCarthy is the General Manager of Logo. Pamela Post serves as Logo's Head of Original Programming and Tajamika Paxton will head up the new documentary division. Paxton previously ran Forest Whitaker's production company before producing and writing independently. Her credits include "Chasing Papi," "Green Dragon," and "The Wood."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><strong>ABOUT LOGO</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:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>ABOUT POV</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television's premier showcase for nonfiction films. The series airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on PBS from June to September, with primetime specials during the year. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world's boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">POV films have won 32 Emmy® Awards, 18 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. The POV series has been honored with a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, two IDA Awards for Best Continuing Series and the NALIP Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. More information is available at <a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.pbs.org/pov</span></a>.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Press Contacts:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Michael Fabiani, 212-846-7393, <a href="mailto:michael.fabiani@mtvstaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">michael.fabiani@mtvstaff.com</span></a> <br>Rich Ferraro, 212-846-7596, <a href="mailto:richard.ferraro@logostaff.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">richard.ferraro@logostaff.com</span></a></p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p>
LOGO #ALL50 LAUNCHhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/logopress/Pages/ALL50.aspxLOGO #ALL50 LAUNCH6/3/2015 7:00:00 AM<p>​​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>MTV AND LOGO UNVEIL EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE OF</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>W HOTELS AND JENNIFER HUDSON'S "I STILL LOVE YOU"</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>IN SUPPORT OF LGBT EQUALITY</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>All-New Music Video to Support Logo's #All50 Marriage Equality Campaign</strong></p><p> </p><p>New York, NY, June 03, 2015 -   MTV and Logo today announced they will exclusively premiere "I Still Love You," a music video in support of LGBT equality from W Hotels, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE campaign ambassador and Grammy® and Academy Award® Jennifer Hudson, on Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 6:00 am ET/PT on MTV and at 7:00 pm ET/PT on Logo.   Filmed on location at W Hollywood in Los Angeles, the video tells the story of a father and his last-minute decision to attend his gay son's interracial wedding. </p><p>To view the video: <a href="http://www.logotv.com/video/jennifer-hudson/1206225/i-still-love-you.jhtml">http://www.logotv.com/video/jennifer-hudson/1206225/i-still-love-you.jhtml</a>  </p><p>"I Still Love You" will be posted in its entirety on MTV.com, LogoTV.com, the TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE site (<a href="http://whotels.com/turnitupforchange">http://whotels.com/turnitupforchange</a>), as well as MTV digital channels around the world and MTV's International Snapchat Discover channel. Additionally, MTV and Logo will air exclusive video interviews with Jennifer Hudson at <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/2175542/jennifer-hudson-lgbt-equality-i-still-love-you-video/">http://www.mtv.com/news/2175542/jennifer-hudson-lgbt-equality-i-still-love-you-video/</a> </p><p>"MTV and Logo have always used the power of music and storytelling to foster positive change, and 'I Still Love You' beautifully uses both in support of one of the defining civil rights issues of our time," said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV and Logo.  </p><p>The "I Still Love You" music video premiere will help support Logo's #All50 campaign (<a href="http://all50.logotv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://all50.logotv.com</span></a>), a platform for LGBT people and allies to stay up to date on the latest news and share personal stories in support of marriage equality leading up to the Supreme Court of the United States' pending decision on legal marriage for gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states. Throughout the month of June, Logo will showcase marriage equality messages on-air, debut interviews with celebrities and LGBT advocates on the #All50 site and invite viewers to share personal stories about their support for marriage equality using #All50. </p><p>Logo will celebrate the march to marriage equality during the second annual Logo "Trailblazer Honors," the largest televised Pride event, airing on Logo at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The one-hour special recognizes LGBT pioneers and will feature celebrities, politicians, LGBT activists and trendsetters who are transforming our cultural landscape.</p><p>W Hotels Worldwide, in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), launched the exclusive music video by Jennifer Hudson as part of W's ongoing fundraising and awareness initiative for LGBT equality, TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE. Set to Jennifer Hudson's "I Still Love You" from her recently released album, JHUD and directed by Tabitha Denholm and Molly Schiot, the music video features cameos by model Shaun Ross, actress Leisha Hailey, and model and LGBT activist Claudia Charriez.  ​</p>

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