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LOGO PRESENTS “LOGO TOWN HALL: RUSSIA VS. THE GAYS”

Former ESPN Radio Host Jared Max to Host

 Interactive, Online Discussion Presented in Conjunction with AllOut.Org to Live Stream on NewNowNext.com on September 10 at 4 PM ET

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NEW YORK, NY, September 6, 2013Logo TV today announced “Logo Town Hall: Russia vs. The Gays,” a one-hour, live-stream discussion to be hosted on NewNowNext.com on Tuesday, September 10 at 4 PM ET.  Presented in conjunction with AllOut.org, the special event will focus on the current situation between Russia and the LGBT community in light of the recently passed “gay propaganda” law.

The one-hour show will be hosted by former ESPN Radio host Jared Max and will feature guests including Andre Banks, Co-Founder and Executive Director at AllOut.org; Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis; Nina Long, Co-President of RUSA LGBT; and Roman Mamonov, a Russian freelance journalist who applied for asylum and moved from Moscow to New York nine months ago.  The town hall will explore the facts and myths surrounding the law and the international backlash — which has included a boycott on Russian products — as well as the controversy surrounding the US participation in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The guests, ranging from activists to former Olympic athletes to Russian law experts, will participate in a round-table via live video-chat, and audience engagement will be encouraged with the infusion of video chat and real-time Twitter and Facebook questions and comments.  Viewers can Tweet questions and reactions using #LogoTownHall or post them on Logo’s Facebook page.  Submissions will also be accepted via Vine and Instagram questions using #LogoTownHall.

“Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law is a critical topic for the LGBT community, and we want to provide an interactive and educational forum to discuss this human rights issue,” said Lisa Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Logo.  “We look forward to convening future town halls that will address the current events and breaking news that matters most to our viewers.”

“The world is responding in unprecedented ways to Putin’s crackdown on human rights. It is critical as the movement grows, that we all remain informed,” said Andre Banks, Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out.  “That is why All Out is pleased to partner with Logo TV to bring this important conversation to the world.”

The Logo Town Hall series has been developed to deliver thought-provoking, balanced discussions surrounding issues facing the LGBT community and the world-at-large.  All Out, an organization focusing on global acceptance, has been active in the Russian “gay propaganda” law conversation and helps bring a unique perspective to “Logo Town Hall: Russia vs. The Gays.”

ABOUT LOGO

Logo celebrates one-of-a-kind personalities, unconventional stories and discovering what’s next—all through a mix of original and acquired entertainment that’s outrageous, smart and inclusive.  Entertaining a social, savvy audience of gay trendsetters, Logo also attracts a straight audience that wants to be ahead of the curve.  Launched in 2005, Logo is in over 52 million homes across the United States, and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, NewNowNext.com, AfterEllen.com, TheBacklot.com, and DowneLink.com.  Logo is part of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), which features a roster of popular and highly targeted brands that include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike TV.

ABOUT ALL OUT

In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay; in 10 it can cost you your life.  All Out is mobilizing millions of people and their social networks to build a powerful global movement for love and equality. Our mission is to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love.

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CONTACTS

Logo TV:

Jason Shumaker
212-846-7325
Jason.Shumaker@logostaff.com

Jake Slane
310-752-8370
Jake.Slane@vh1.com

All Out:

Joe Mirabella
917-426-4228
press@allout.org

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