When it came to honoring trailblazers in the LGBT community, Demi Lovato decided to keep it in the family.
This month, the 21-year-old singer has taken her appreciation for her gays fans to the next level. Earlier in June, she was the Grand Marshal of the Los Angeles Pride parade, and this weekend she will perform live at New York Pride. And on Monday came another huge showcase of Demi’s support for the LGBT community.
During the taping of Logo TV’s Trailblazers event in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Demi took the stage to present an award to Laverne Cox and the rest of cast of Orange is the New Black. The pop star embraced the televised opportunity to reveal for the very first time that her late grandfather was openly gay. Watch her statement below.
“I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself,” Demi said. “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.”
Highlights of the evening also included Bill Clinton honoring Edie Windsor and a special performance by Sia with the New York Gay Men’s Chorus.
The Trailblazers event will air on Logo TV on Thursday, June 26 at 9 p.m.