President Bill Clinton will honor Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan at Logo’s Trailblazers special on June 26, the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
“Seventeen years after signing DOMA into law, I was honored and grateful to be among the voices urging that it be overturned,” said Clinton in a statement. “The 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.”
Activist and former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will honor Ugandan gay-rights activist and refugee John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambereas as an International Trailblazer for his work advocating for LGBT rights in his homeland. With Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signing the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law this year, and homosexuality now a criminal offense punishable by 14 years in prison, Wambere is seeking asylum in the United States.
Demi Lovato will honor the series Orange Is the New Black for bringing the lives of LGBT characters rarely seen on television into millions of homes . Cast members Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox (right), Lea DeLaria, Taryn Manning and Samira Wiley will accept the award on behalf of the show.