This year marks the tenth anniversary of Santana Lopez’s coming out on Glee. While her performer, Naya Rivera died last summer in an accidental drowning, the stars of the series paid tribute to her by meeting at the GLAAD Awards ceremony, which annually rewards works and personalities for their role in representing the LGBT community in the media. Among them were Amber Riley (Mercedes), Darren Criss (Blaine), Heather Morris (Brittany), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jane Lynch (Sue), Matthew Morrison (Will), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Harry Shum Jr . (Mike) but also Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina).
Before presenting the award, Demi Lovato, who had starred in a few episodes of the series, said: “I don’t have to tell you that this year has been, a year, very difficult. A special moment of heartache. hits me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always treasure the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani in Glee. The character played by Naya, Santana Lopez, was revolutionary for boarded up queer girls, as I was then, and her ambition and accomplishments inspire Latin women around the world. That’s the power of a show like Glee. And LGBTQ youth, you have power too. ” Jenna Ushkowitz, present since the first episode of the series, revealed: “She made everyone laugh, on screen and off, but the real victory was if you made her laugh, because you knew you had done something. really funny thing. “
“This girl is really something”
Jane Lynch, who played coach Sue Sylvester, recalled fondly, “I remember when Naya became a regular character she was a dancer. And I always thought she was cute and a girl. great dancer. Then Ryan Murphy started giving her lines and I was like, ‘Wow, that girl is really something.’ “For her part, Heather Morris, who lent her features to Santana’s girlfriend Lopez shared, “I always get a lot of fan messages telling me how much the lesbian characters in Glee have helped them. Every time it makes me cry.” Finally, Matthew Morrison reflected on what an “incredible sight” it was to watch the pretty brunette mother to son Josey.
Amber Riley, Matthew Morrison and Naya Rivera © TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX