After the tragic news of Naya Rivera's death in 2020, the cast of Glee and Demi Lovato decided to honor the late actress and the legacy of her character, Santana Lopez, at the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night (April 8).
Opening the segment, Lovato, who briefly played Rivera's onscreen girlfriend on Glee, remembered her co-star fondly, while remarking on the importance of her character to the LGBTQ community. "The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls, like I was at the time," she said. "Her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world. That's the power of a show like Glee."
Lovato then took the moment to call on queer youth to start getting more involved with activism, especially in the spirit of Rivera and her character. "Let's use our power to move the Equality Act forward," she said. "It's been 10 years since Santana Lopez came out; look at what LGBTQ teens have done in a decade. Imagine what they can do in the next one."