Logo honors our 2014 Trailblazers for their pioneering work in LGBT civil rights. These honorees have transformed our cultural landscape, and taken historic strides for LGBT equality. Join us as we pay them tribute June 26 at 9/8c.
When the IRS compelled Edie Windsor to pay $353,053 in estate taxes after her wife's death - something they don't require of straight spouses - Edie stood up to fight for the entire LGBT community. Her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, agreed to take the case pro-bono - all the way to the Supreme Court. Their historic victory redefined an institution to make it open to everybody. They stand among the greatest civil rights pioneers in U.S. history and we are proud to honor them on the one-year anniversary of the landmark ruling that struck down DOMA.
In May 2013, Jason Collins came out in a Sports Illustrated cover story, making him the first out professional male athlete in a major U.S. sport. Since his announcement, Collins signed to the Brooklyn Nets, and was recently named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Perhaps most importantly, he has inspired gay athletes at every level of sport to come out as well.
Jenji Kohan's critically acclaimed new series portrays a diverse array of characters and relationships that rarely make their way to television. The show avoids stereotypes as it explores issues of sexuality, class, politics, race, religion, gender, and mental health. Actress Laverne Cox - recently featured on the cover of Time - made history as one of the first transgender women to star in a mainstream dramatic series.