DEMI LOVATO AND GLEE CAST REMEMBER NAYA RIVERA AT GLAAD AWARDS
Written by Ballzer on April 9, 2021
It’s been almost a year since we lost actress Naya Rivera. At last night’s GLAAD Media Awards, the Glee cast got the band back together to remember Naya and the impact her character and the show had on members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Demi Lovato, who portrayed Santana’s girlfriend Dani, opened the segment, saying she will always cherish the chance she had to play the role. She spoke highly of Rivera’s performance as “groundbreaking for closeted queer girls, like I was at the time”: “Her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”
A written statement from Naya’s mother, Yolanda Previtire, was also included in the broadcast: “Naya would be honored to receive this recognition. When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”
Watch the full tribute below:
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