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EXCLUSIVE: Broadway Legend Joel Grey to Honor "Trailblazer" Harvey Fierstein

”RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bob the Drag Queen will join the ”Cabaret” veteran to celebrate LGBT rights.

LGBT advocate Harvey Fierstein will be celebrated at the Trailblazer Honors, airing on Logo and VH1 on June 25.
LGBT advocate Harvey Fierstein will be celebrated at the Trailblazer Honors, airing on Logo and VH1 on June 25.
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Tony Award winner Joel Grey (Cabaret) and RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen will present four-time Tony-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein with a Trailblazer Honor at the third annual LGBT event, airing on Logo and VH1, on June 25 at 8pm.

Spotlighting the pioneers who fight for equality, this year's event will be dedicated to Orlando with celebrity messages of support and special performances from multi-platinum selling pop star Rachel Platten to remember the innocent lives lost in the tragic shooting at the Pulse LGBT nightclub.

As a playwright, writer, and actor, Harvey Fierstein introduced LGBT characters and stories that knocked down barriers on Broadway and in Hollywood. In 1982, Fierstein wrote and starred in Torch Song Trilogy, for which he won his first two Tony Awards. Torch Song Trilogy went on to become one of the first feature films to feature an openly gay lead character played by an openly gay actor. Themes of self-expression and LGBT characters also figured prominently in his subsequent works including La Cage aux Folles (Tony Award for Book of a Musical), Kinky Boots (Tony nomination for Book of a Musical), and Casa Valentina (Tony nomination for Best Play).

On screen he's performed in a number of beloved films including Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day, as well as television appearances on shows including Nurse Jackie. Fierstein will next reprise his Tony-winning role of Edna Turnblad in NBC's Hairspray Live!

"In prep for this lovely honor, Logo sent me a bio they'd put together of my accomplishments. YIKES! It looks like I've done a lot but, truthfully, none of it was done alone," said Fierstein. "There's been an unseen army of contemporaries and pioneers who've come before me that has made everything I've achieved possible. I hope, by accepting this honor from Logo, that I am helping to celebrate our entire community of LGBT warriors."