Demi Lovato reveals her grandfather was gay

Pop star and actress says her relative was an early pioneer for LGBTI rights and equality

Demi Lovato reveals her grandfather was gay
25 June 2014

Pop star Demi Lovato has long been a supporter of the LGBTI community.

But now, she has revealed why, saying her grandfather was gay.

‘I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself,’ she said last night.

‘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 ‘Heart Attack’ singer was speaking at Logo TV’s Trailblazers event to honor the pioneers that made historic strides for LGBTI equality. It will air on 26 June.

Lovato supported the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last year, and guest starred as Santana’s girlfriend in season 5 on Glee.

She will also be headlining the New York City Pride Dance on the Pier on 29 June.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

UK’s Student Pride quits Brighton saying council and scene let them down

Britain’s National Student Pride will move to London for the 2014 event – allowing it to expand and help more LGBT students
No thumbnail available

Jealous man dressed as bunny to stab ex’s new boyfriend in the neck

Man pleaded guilty to stabbing his love rival several times
No thumbnail available

Bahamas Bishop: 'Bad' families are creating a 'homosexual avalanche'

Bishop Simeon Hall said family problems makes people gay in the Bahamas and that gay marriage 'deteriorates' the 'social order'
No thumbnail available

Cyndi Lauper blasts Donald Trump for anti-gay views

'I thought he could have done better for his country than just go to the lowest common denominator and stir up the crap'
No thumbnail available

Adam Lambert continues with summer makeover, gets arm tattooed - in Latin!

'Musica Delenit Bestiam Feram' translates to: 'Music Soothes the Savage Beast'
No thumbnail available

Taiwan to air first gay family comedy

Public Television Service will tomorrow show 'Penguins at North Pole', where a mother’s attempt to change her lesbian daughter brings some difficult choices
No thumbnail available

Court declines to hear appeal of Nevada's gay marriage case

The decision also applies to Idaho, the Silver State's neighbor
No thumbnail available

Maryland lawmaker wants to become first openly gay governor in the US

Heather Mizeur wants to succeed outgoing governor Martin O'Malley
Rio gay pride: the bodies, the parties and the politics
No thumbnail available

San Diego County Clerk drops request for CA Supreme Court to halt gay marriages

 Ernest Dronenburg had insisted that the marriages were still illegal