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'Glee' cast along with Demi Lovato will honor Naya Rivera

Demi Lovato and the cast of Glee will pay tribute to the missing actress Naya Rivera on April 8 at the GLAAD Awards.

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The Glee cast will reunite at the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will air on the 10th anniversary of the coming out of the closet of Santana Lopez, played by Naya Rivera on the series. The nearly entire cast of Glee will pay tribute to their partner and honor LGTBQ teens. Singer Demi Lovato, who played Rivera's girlfriend Dani on the series, has also announced her participation in this tribute with a special appearance.

Rivera's character Santana came out of the closet in the Glee episode "I Kissed a Girl" 10 years ago on April 8. The cast of the series will pay tribute not only to the Puerto Rican-born actress and singer, but also to the impact her character had on LGBTQ+ teens and Latina and Afro-Latina women.

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The cast is still reeling from Rivera's death on July 8 of last year following an accident on Lake Piru in California. With the coronavirus crisis, her co-workers had not been able to pay tribute to her. And while other institutions such as the Gay Emmys have done their symbolic part by adding a new category called Santana Lopez Legacy Award For Outstanding Queer Teen Character, the Glee family is taking advantage of the Glaad ceremony to say goodbye to the actress.

So far, some Glee cast members such as Darren Criss, Lane Lynch, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Alex Newell, Matthew Morrison, Harry Shum Jr, Vanessa Lengies, Jacob Artist and Becca Tobin, have confirmed their participation in the tribute. However, Lea Michele, Chord Overstreet and Dianna Agron have not yet confirmed their presence.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will be held virtually on April 8 and be broadcast on YouTube and streamed on Hulu. The show will be hosted by Niecy Nash and will feature guests such as Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Katy Perry, Dan Levy, Bretman Rock, Sterling K Brown, Mackenzie Davis, Clea DuVall, JoJo Siwa, Sam Smith, Jim Parsons, Bob The Drag Queen and Colman Domingo, among others.

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