Tony Award-winning actor, playwright and librettist Harvey Fierstein and seminal LGBT news outlet The Advocate will be honored during the third annual Trailblazer Honors, a television special that celebrates pioneers “at the forefront of LGBT equality.”
VH1 and the Logo TV entertainment service will jointly simulcast the Trailblazer Honors, described as the largest televised LGBT Pride event, June 25 at 8 PM ET/PT. The one-hour special is an official event of NYC Pride Week and will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the first large religious institutions in New York City to champion the causes of LGBT people.
Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles) and The Advocate join previous years’ honorees including the Obama Administration, Edie Windsor, Judy and Dennis Shepard, as well as Laverne Cox and the cast of Orange is the New Black.
During the event, Judith Light, Matthew Broderick, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Edie Falco, Joel Grey, Matthew Morrison, Michael Musto and Tony Kushner, among others, will share personal accounts of working with Fierstein as well as his legacy. Troye Sivan, Cheyenne Jackson, Tegan & Sara, Jason Collins, Alex Newell and former editors-in-chief will speak to The Advocate’s nearly 50-year history of groundbreaking journalism about the LGBT community.
Fierstein released a statement saying, “In prep for this lovely honor, Logo sent me a bio they’d put together of my accomplishments. YIKES! It looks like I’ve done a lot but, truthfully, none of it was done alone. There’s been an unseen army of contemporaries and pioneers who’ve come before me that has made everything I’ve achieved possible. I hope, by accepting this honor from Logo, that I am helping to celebrate our entire community of LGBT warriors.”
For a sneak peek of Edie Falco’s tribute to Fierstein, visit Logo.to/28g7fHg.
For a sneak peek of Matthew Morrison’s tribute to Fierstein, visit Logo.to/1RVGYCb.
For a sneak peek of Cheyenne Jackson’s tribute to The Advocate, visit Logo.to/1TTN5Jk.
Logo Trailblazer Honors is executive-produced by Chris McCarthy, Amy Doyle, Ryan Kroft and Chris Williams for Logo. Matt Flanders is co-executive producer. Joe Buoye and Leah Lane serve as executives in charge of production for Logo. Wendy Plaut, Gina Esposito and Marcia Lansdown are executives in charge of talent and music for Logo.