Demi Lovato has always been a strong supporter of LGBT equality. In addition to supporting the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality last year, and guest starring as Santana’s lesbian girlfriend in season 5 of Glee, the actress/singer also led the Los Angeles Pride parade as Grand Marshal earlier this month. This weekend, she’ll also be headlining the NYC Pride's Dance on the Pier in Tribeca on June 29.
Now the pop star is revealing that one of her grandfathers was actually gay.
"I've never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself," Lovato said last night at Logo TV's first Trailblazers event. "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 "Skyscraper" singer said.
The Trailblazers is a first of its kind event to honor the pioneers who have made historic strides for LGBT equality. The event has been turned into a one-hour special for Logo TV and will air this Thursday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The show will feature the celebrities, politicians, activists, and trendsetters who are transforming our cultural landscape. Honorees, attendees, presenters, and musical guests will include Bill Clinton, Laverne Cox, Edie Windsor, Jason Collins, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Stipe, Sia, Pete Wentz, Jared Leto, Kylie Minogue, Lance Bass, Adam Levine, Tyler Glenn, Iggy Azalea, Joe Manganiello, Lea Delaria, Taryn Manning, Matt McGorry, Ariana Grande, Samira Wiley, Rita Ora, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert.