Watch the Glee Cast Honor Naya Rivera at 2021 GLAAD Awards
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On Thursday evening the joy The cast were reunited to celebrate Naya Rivera and her legacy at the virtual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony. In the heartwarming tribute, they honored the 10th anniversary of the moment when her character Santana Lopez came to see her grandmother on the series. Demi Lovato, who played Lopez’s friend Dani on the show, introduced the special reunion that featured numerous cast members including Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr. and Jenna Ushkowitz.
“Her wish was always to be an advocate for those who had no voice.”
The cast each shared fine words about Rivera, who tragically died from accidental drowning in Lake Piru, California, in July 2020. They touched what an incredible actress and mother she was to her son Josey and the lasting impact her role as Lopez has on LGBTQ + teens today. Morris, who played Brittany Pierce, told Rivera, who previously hosted the GLAAD Awards twice, once with Cory Monteith, how significant the showing was. “As an ally, it was a great honor to represent Naya [young Latina LGBTQ+ women]”she said. Ushkowitz added,” Her best role was to be a mother. That was the most fulfilling thing to see her do that. “
At the end of the section, Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester) read a heartfelt message on behalf of Rivera’s mother, Yolanda Previtire. “Her wish was always to be an advocate for those who had no voice. I don’t think she realized how important she is to this world,” was the message.
Before the award ceremony, Ushkowitz spoke Weekly entertainment “The Santana Army” had inspired them to reach out to GLAAD and plan to pay homage to Rivera’s influence on the LGBTQ + and Latinx communities. “It’s bittersweet because we miss her so much and I feel like she would have done so much more if she was still there, but the fact that we are able to pay tribute and that of The work she has done and the honor she has done. The effect she has had on people’s lives gives us something to celebrate in her memory too. “Watch the homage in full.