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Trailblazers: Demi Lovato opens up about her gay grandfather

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Singer Demi Lovato has been all over the place lately. The 21-year-old pop star made an appearance at Logo TV’s first Trailblazers Awards Tuesday night. She presented an award to the “Orange is the New Black Cast.” Before presenting the award, the “Neon Lights” singer decided to open up about her gay grandfather as a person who has inspired her and as a champion who sparked bravery early in his life.

On a night celebrating those who have been inspirational in the gay rights movement, it was a perfect place and time for Lovato to reveal that her grandfather was a trailblazer himself. She told the audience, “I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself.”

Lovato cited her grandfather’s bravery to come out to his family in the 1960s as an influence to who she is today. Her spirit to fight and overcome her own struggles, as well as her commitment to being a vocal LGBT rights campaigner can all be attributed to the man she never really got the chance to know. She 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.”

He would also be proud of his granddaughter and all she has done to be embraced by the LGBT community. Not only has she spoken out in favor of gay marriage and against anti-gay bullying, she was named grand marshal of this year’s Los Angeles’ gay pride month and is set to perform at New York’s gay pride festivities this upcoming weekend. Demi Lovato sharing her grandfather’s story gave honor to the silent trailblazers, as there are many people out there in the LGBT community making a different just by being who they are.