NEW YORK - The Logo network next month will launch what it hopes will become an annual televised event saluting pioneers in the gay rights movement, with the woman who challenged the federal Defense of Marriage act as the first honoree.
"Trailblazers" will air June 26, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Edie Windsor brought the case to the courts after getting a $363,000 federal tax bill following her partner's death.
Logo will tape the show a few days in advance from Manhattan's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the first churches in New York to offer same-sex weddings.
Besides Windsor, Logo will also honor her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. Logo will feature three or four more honorees, some from the world of entertainment, said Stephen Friedman, network president, on Wednesday.
The group A Great Big World and others will perform, he said.
Besides the Supreme Court decision, the last week of June marks the anniversary of riots at the Stonewall bar in New York City in 1969, the event that launched the gay rights movement.