Logo's Trailblazer Honors: Nancy Pelosi, Activist Cleve Jones Urge People to Keep Fighting for LGBTQ Rights
The event, taped Thursday at New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, honored Cyndi Lauper and 'Will & Grace' co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, among others.
Logo's Trailblazer Honors taped its annual celebration of those leading the way for LGBTQ equality Thursday night at New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
This year's awards ceremony, which will air Friday night in a one-hour special on Logo and VH1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, comes as President Donald Trump still has yet to issue a formal proclamation in honor of Pride Month in June.
"Well, who expected him to?," activist Cleve Jones, one of the evening's honorees, asked rhetorically of Trump's lack of recognition for the historic month. But Jones, who was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Milk and whose memoir When We Rise partly inspired the ABC miniseries of the same name, indicated he wasn't ready to give up fighting for human rights.
"There have been many times in my life when I thought it was over and there have been many times in my life when I thought the movement was dead. I will confess that on Election Day, I thought it was over, but it's not over, we're going to keep fighting," Jones explained. "I think Trump, if nothing else, is bringing together all of us who care about human rights, who care about the planet, who care about workers and immigrants and don't want to be guided by hate. So I will continue to fight with every ounce of strength I can muster."
During his rousing acceptance speech, Jones expanded on his notion that "it's not over," recounting multiple times in his life, including considering suicide as a gay teenager, when he thought it was over only to find the courage to fight and move forward. On Election night, he said, as it became clear Trump would win, he spoke to his boyfriend in a panic, who told him to calm down after going "from zero to Auschwitz in three minutes." Then Jones and others began marching, he said. "We are going to keep on marching because it's not over."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also took an optimistic view toward advocating for LGBTQ rights.
"We have to keep on fighting," Pelosi said ahead of the event, where she presented an award to Cyndi Lauper. "I'm hopeful because with all of the work and activism that happened during the HIV/AIDS struggle, that really led to great achievements in terms of hate-crimes legislation that was fully inclusive, it led tp marriage equality in the courts.… We want to open up the Civil Rights Act and inject LGBTQ in there. And that would be a great advance."
Logo's Trailblazer Honors also recognized Alvin Ailey and Will & Grace co-creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.