We queers can sometimes have a bit of an amnesia about the trailblazers that came before us. Sometimes that’s because they had to toil in secret, lest their lives be ruined. In other cases, it’s because our straight-dominated culture has erased their contributions. And sometimes it’s because we simply don’t talk about our predecessors as much as we should.
But that will change — hopefully — with a new Logo special called Trailblazers. Debuting June 26 at 9 p.m., the special’s timing couldn’t be more perfect. It’s one year since the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for federal reforms and further legal victories. And it’s the 45 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Logo intends for Trailblazers to become an annual event, honoring a different group of pioneers each year. This year, they’re kicking things off with a tribute to Edie Windsor and Robbie Kaplan, the plaintiff and attorney behind the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling last year.
And it’s more than just a TV special: it’s also a party of some kind. There will be a gathering of LGBT luminaries to mark the show’s debut. Interestingly enough, Daniel Radcliffe will host the gathering, with appearances by A Great Big World, Jared Leto, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Tyler Glenn and Mary Lambert.
The network is also paying tribute to local heroes. They’ll also launch a project called Hometown Trailblazers, wherein viewers can nominate their own community leaders. The best submission will win a trip to New York for whatever the main Trailblazers event is.