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    The "Glee" Cast Reunited With Demi Lovato To Honor Naya Rivera At The GLAAD Media Awards

    "There was always just so much more than met the eye with Naya," said Darren Criss.

    Nearly a year after her tragic death, the world continues to mourn Glee star Naya Rivera.

    Naya Rivera at the premiere of Judy in Beverly Hills in 2019
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    At last night's GLAAD Media Awards, the cast of Glee — as well as Demi Lovato, who was once a guest star on the iconic TV show — reunited to pay tribute to their beloved former costar, who played the character of Santana.

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    Demi, who portrayed Santana's girlfriend Dani, said that she will "always cherish the chance [she] got" to play the role and praised Naya's performance as "groundbreaking for closeted queer girls, like I was at the time": "Her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world."

    Demi Lovato and Naya Rivera look at each other in the TV show Glee
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    Heather Morris said that Naya's death hit everyone "so incredibly hard" and that "as an ally, Naya was so honored to represent" the LGBTQ community.

    Heather and Naya cuddling in a scene from Glee
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    A written statement from Naya's mother, Yolanda Previtire, was also included in the broadcast: "Naya would be honored to receive this recognition. When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said 'I feel great about it!'"

    Rivera and Morris kiss in Glee
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    The note continued, "Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate for those who did not have a voice. I don't believe she realized how important she was to this world."

    Rivera and Morris sit across from each other in Glee
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    Her mother concluded, "I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other."

    Rivera and Amber Riley sing in Glee
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    And Naya's legacy will doubtlessly continue to live on and inspire others.

    Naya Rivera at the premiere of Glee's second season in 2010
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