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Just just How Naya Rivera Became an Icon for the LGBTQ Community (Guest Column)

Just just How Naya Rivera Became an Icon for the LGBTQ Community (Guest Column)

Naya Rivera will be recalled in headlines as a “former Glee celebrity, ” but to countless queer females she has been and will always be so much more like me across the globe. Her unexpected tragic death, verified Monday, has delivered a wave of profound sadness across the thing that was when an exciting and fandom that is vital. And it’s really a reminder simply how much it indicates if the those who portray LGBTQ figures become tough advocates for that extremely exact same community.

Rivera’s Glee character, Santana Lopez, ended up being constantly written become damaging — the smoking hot cheerleader with the razor-sharp wit and bitch-with-pom-poms mindset. But during the period of the show’s six periods, she became a beacon to lesbian, bisexual and questioning fans, specially young Latinx and Ebony fans, a lot of whom had been seeing themselves onscreen for the first-time. Now her death devastates us once again.

Her character’s development regarding the show has also been evidence of the energy of fandom into the very early times of social networking. In reality, she could have never become this kind of icon that is queer it. Make no error, us fans willed the onscreen relationship into presence between Rivera’s Santana and her closest friend and other cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce (played by Heather Morris).

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