“There was always just so much more than met the eye with Naya.”
At last night’s GLAAD Media Awards, the cast of Glee – as well as Demi Lovato, who was once a guest star on the iconic TV show – reunited to pay tribute to their beloved former co-star who played the character of Santana.
Heather Morris said Rivera’s death hit everyone “so incredibly hard” and said that “as an ally, Naya was so honored to represent” the LGBTQ + community.
A written statement from Rivera’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 she felt about it and she said ‘I’m fine with it!’ “
“We did not know she would influence so many people in the LGBTQ community.” Her desire was always to be an advocate for those who did not have a voice. I do not think she realized how important she was to this world. “
“I am grateful that my oldest daughter helped change the landscape for how we see and see each other.”
And Rivera’s legacy will no doubt continue to live on and inspire others.
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