It has been 9 months since former Glee star Naya Rivera passed away, and through the 2021 GLAAD Awards — which the actor hosted twice throughout her profession — her former castmates got here collectively to pay her a shifting tribute.
Introducing the phase was Demi Lovato, who appeared alongside Rivera within the present’s fifth season. Rivera performed Santana Lopez, a member of the Glee Membership who got here out as a lesbian within the third season of the present. Lovato had a recurring position as her girlfriend in Season 5.
“I’ll all the time cherish the prospect I received to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on Glee,” the singer says within the clip above. “The character Naya performed, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer ladies like I used to be on the time. And her ambition, and accomplishments, impressed Latina girls everywhere in the world. That is the ability of a present like Glee. And LGBTQ youth, you could have energy too. Observe GLAAD now, and get entangled in activism. Let’s use our energy to maneuver the equality act ahead.
“It has been 10 years since Santana Lopez got here out. Take a look at what LGBTQ teenagers have finished in a decade. Think about what we will do within the subsequent one.”
Lovato then introduces quite a few Rivera’s former Glee castmates by way of video hyperlink, who reminisce about their time on the present together with her, and the legacy that she left behind.
Rivera was reported lacking final July after taking a ship out on California’s Lake Piru together with her four-year-old son. The boat was found with him sleeping alone in it, and a search and rescue operation for Rivera was launched. She was confirmed useless on July 13 on the age of 33.