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On Thursday evening, the Glee solid reunited to rejoice Naya Rivera and her legacy on the digital GLAAD Media Awards ceremony. Within the heartwarming tribute, they honored the tenth anniversary of the second her character, Santana Lopez, got here out to her grandmother on the sequence. 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 want 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 unimaginable performer and mother she was to her son, Josey, and the lasting affect her function as Lopez has on LGBTQ+ teenagers in the present day. 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 signify [young Latina LGBTQ+ women],” she stated. Ushkowitz added, “Her finest function was being a mother. That was essentially the most fulfilling to see her try this.”
On the finish of the section, Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester) learn a heartfelt message on behalf of Rivera’s mom, Yolanda Previtire. “Her want was to at all times be an advocate to those that didn’t have a voice. I do not imagine she realized how essential she was to this world,” the message learn.
Previous to the award present, Ushkowitz advised Leisure Weekly “the Santana army” had inspired 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 achieved if she was nonetheless round, however the truth that we’re in a position to pay tribute and honor the work she did do, and the impact she did have on individuals’s lives, it offers us one thing to rejoice as effectively in her remembrance.” Watch the homage in full forward.