Logo Trailblazers: Last night in New York City, it was no coincidence that on the one-year anniversary declaring DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional, Logo TV’s inaugural Trailblazers was held honoring pioneers who have broken new ground for LGBT civil rights. The event airs on Logo on June 26 at 9pm ET/PT.
President Bill Clinton to honored Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan. In a statement courtesy of Logo, Clinton said, “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. 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.” Bravo, right?
Also during the night, Lance Bass honored Jason Collins for becoming the first male publicly gay athlete in a major American sport. Demi Lovato honored 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 Danielle Brooks (Taystee), Laverne Cox (Sophia), Lea DeLaria (Big Boo), Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky) and Samira Wiley (Poussey) accepted the award on behalf of the series. Finally, activist and former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe honored Ugandan gay rights activist and refugee John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere 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.
Working with community partner The Trevor Project, and introduced by Trevor Hero Daniel Radcliffe, 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. (If you missed my coverage of TrevorLive last week in NYC, check out all the red carpet coverage here.)
Performances held during the event included Sia, accompanied by New York City’s Gay Men Chorus for her hit, “Chandelier,” A Great Big World performed “Say Something” with Exousia. Other celebrities present included Joe Manganiello, Ed Sheeran, Jared Leto, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Pete Wentz, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azaela, Tegan and Sara andLaura Jane Grace.
“B.O.R.N. To Style:” As you may or may not know, the BIO network is becoming FYI starting July 8th and I found a fun preview of one of their new unscripted series, “B.O.R.N. To Style.” It’s a makeover show utilizing ‘Borrowed, Old, Refurbished and New’ items. Looks fun to me. What do you think from this trailer hyping the July 15th premiere?
“So You Think You Can Dance:” We’re going to find out who made the cut from the nation-wide auditions to be in this season’s Top 20 on this week’s episode (Wednesdays at 8pm on Fox). Here’s a preview:
“Young and Hungry:” While on the surface, the new ABCFamily sitcom doesn’t seem too gay just add the talented Rex Lee as a bitchy aide and that quota is filled! The series focuses on a ‘young and hungry’ chef Gabi (Emily Osment) who takes a job as a private chef for a young entrepreneur (Jonathan Sadowski). Lee plays Elliott, the publicist who, at least initially, works more against Gabi than with her but we’ll see how things develop over time. His best sarcastic line when Gabi voices a complaint, “No one has it harder than a pretty blonde girl.” Yes, I laughed out loud. (“Young and Hungry” airs Wednesdays at 8pm on ABCFamily)
“Days Of Our Lives:” The Daytime Emmys were held this past weekend and while “The Young and the Restless” took home the Best Drama awards, Chandler Massey took home the Best Young Actor Award for his role as out character, Will Horton, on NBC’s “Days Of Our Lives.” Massey vacated the role in January and while the clip reel shown during the Livestreamed telecast showed Guy Wilson, the actor who replaced him on the show, Massey took it all in stride and was as gracious as ever. This is Massey’s third win in as many years for the groundbreaking role. “Days” co-stars Eileen Davidson (Kristen) and Eric Martsolf (Brady) also took home trophies.
“Vicious:” Having Sir Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi in the same production sounds like heaven and in the British sitcom import that premieres Sunday on PBS, that’s exactly what it is. McKellan and Jacobi play a gay couple who have been together for 50 years and, well, the title derives from some of their vicious jabs at each other. Created by Gary Janetti (“Will & Grace”), the series has bite and the occasional heartfelt moment but McKellan and Jacobi are fabulous as is the sharp, sardonic writing. (Check back Thursday to find out what the legendary actors feel about working together.) (“Vicious” premieres Sunday at 10;30pm on PBS. Check your local PBS station for accurate time)
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