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Demi Lovato reveals her trailblazer grandfather was gay

Demi Lovato is a proud supporter of gay rights, but she has revealed it’s a cause close to her heart for personal reasons, too — her grandfather was a gay man.

Demi Lovato is not afraid to speak her mind and lend her voice to a cause she’s passionate about, so it’s no surprise that the singer is a staunch supporter of gay rights. What is surprising, though, is the fact that Lovato revealed something she has never shared before at the Logo TV’s first Trailblazers event on Tuesday night.

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“I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself,” Lovato said before presenting an award to the Orange Is the New Black cast during the event (which will be aired this Thursday).

“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,” the 21-year-old star revealed.

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“It’s such an honor to be welcomed and embraced by the LGBT community, so thank you very much,” she added.

It was a night to celebrate those who have been influential figures in the gay rights movement, and among those honored during the ceremony include Edie Windsor, a lesbian widow whose lawsuit overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, and her lawyer Roberta Kaplan.

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Other celebrities who showed their support by attending the event included Sia, Laverne Cox, Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Levine and Pete Wentz.

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