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It is well known that Demi Lovato is one of Hollywood’s most adamant supporters of gay rights.
Now, the pop star has revealed that one of her own grandfathers was gay.
She said before presenting an award to Orange Is the New Black at Logo TV’s first Trailblazers event, “I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself.”
“He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him. He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made.”
“It’s such an honor to be welcomed and embraced by the LGBT community, so thank you very much,” the singer said.
Not only was she the grand marshal of Los Angeles’ gay pride parade earlier in June, but she’s set to perform at New York’s pride celebration this weekend.
The Trailblazers event was shot in New York City. Even Bill Clinton honored Edie Windsor, the lesbian widow whose lawsuit against the federal government lead to the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, and her lawyer Roberta Kaplan.
Lance Bass honored the out NBA player Jason Collins, and Michael Stipe did the same thing for Ugandan activist and refugee John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere.
Orange Is the New Black stars Laverne Cox, Lea Delaria, Taryn Manning, Matt McGorry and Samira Wiley accepted their show’s award on behalf of the series.