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On Thursday night time, the Glee solid reunited to have a good time Naya Rivera and her legacy on the digital GLAAD Media Awards ceremony. Within the heartwarming tribute, they honored the 10th anniversary of the second her character, Santana Lopez, got here out to her grandmother on the collection. Demi Lovato, who performed Lopez’s girlfriend Dani on the present, launched the particular reunion, which featured quite a few solid members together with Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., and Jenna Ushkowitz.
“Her need was to at all times be an advocate to those that didn’t have a voice.”
The solid every shared stunning phrases about Rivera, who tragically died by unintended drowning in California’s Lake Piru again in July 2020. They touched on what an unbelievable performer and mother she was to her son, Josey, and the lasting influence her function as Lopez has on LGBTQ+ teenagers at present. Morris, who performed Brittany Pierce, went on to share how significant illustration was to Rivera, who had beforehand hosted the GLAAD Awards twice, as soon as with Cory Monteith. “As an ally, Naya was so honored to characterize [young Latina LGBTQ+ women],” she stated. Ushkowitz added, “Her finest function was being a mother. That was essentially the most fulfilling to see her do this.”
On the finish of the section, Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester) learn a heartfelt message on behalf of Rivera’s mom, Yolanda Previtire. “Her need was to at all times be an advocate to those that didn’t have a voice. I do not imagine she realized how vital she was to this world,” the message learn.
Previous to the award present, Ushkowitz informed Leisure Weekly “the Santana military” had impressed her to achieve out to GLAAD and plan a tribute in honor of Rivera’s affect on the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities. “It is bittersweet as a result of we miss her a lot, and I really feel like there was a lot extra she would have finished if she was nonetheless round, however the truth that we’re capable of pay tribute and honor the work she did do, and the impact she did have on individuals’s lives, it provides us one thing to have a good time as effectively in her remembrance.” Watch the homage in full forward.
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