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Stephanie Beatriz Breaks Down In Tears Talking To Daniel Levy About LGBTQ+ Representation In Entertainment

There is a lot of talk in Hollywood about bettering the representation of people across the board. One group fighting for more representation is the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ community is vast covering every race, religion, and ethnicity. Kelly Clarkson recently had Daniel Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” and Stephanie Beatriz of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and the emotions flowed between the two queer icons.

Stephanie Beatriz and Daniel Levy joined Kelly Clarkson on her talk show the love between the two queer stars was real.

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The two queer actors sat down on the couch to talk about the importance of furthering LGBTQ+ representation on television. The conversation between the two entertainers started with an explosion of love and kind words between the two.

“I just have to say, as a fellow person in the queer community, I am so amazed by you. I think the fact that the Human Rights Campaign is honoring you is not enough,” Beatriz told Levy. “I’m going to cry! It’s going to happen! I just think that your work, in general, is so beautiful and so thrilling.”

The pure love and joy of these two celebrating their efforts to being more LGBTQ+ representation to entertainment is touching hearts and minds.

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“The thing that you’ve done, which I think is so incredible is that you’ve introduced audiences to this character who just so happens to be who he is,” Beatriz said about Levy’s “Schitt’s Creek” character. “That is the way to create change, social change, empathy in people. It’s so incredible.”

Even people who don’t like talk shows are seeing the value in this exchange.

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While there is a lot of talk about Beatriz gushing over Levy, Clarkson did turn the conversation to the Latina actress. Clarkson asked Beatriz about how you can help people who are not familiar with LGBTQ+ people to accept these characters.

“It’s definitely like a spoonful of sugar. We got you with those laughs and then we’re going to keep you coming, right? And by the time that you’ve introduced it, you’ve already got the audience in love with you,” Beatriz said. “They already know you, they trust you, you’re funny, you’re having a good time, and then suddenly, for maybe quite a few people, you’re going to be the first person that they’re meeting that identifies that way or is that sexuality.”

Fans of the two are pouring on the love.

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Beatriz admitted that she felt so honored to be able to not only portray an openly bisexual woman but an openly bisexual Latina. Beatriz came out herself as bisexual and was able to get the writers to include it in her character on the show.

The tears and love for this exchange are real and we are all better for having seen it.

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Thank you for always being true to yourselves and showing the younger LGBTQ+ community that they can be who they are without fear and shame. This is an important lesson so many people could benefit from.

Watch the full touching exchange below.

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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Just when you thought “Grey’s Anatomy” had literally done every storyline in the book, they turn around and surprise you. And this time, “Grey”‘s is bringing some good news.

Now, in 2021, after 17 seasons, “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally featuring its first indigenous doctor, Dr. James Chee, played by actor Robert I Mesa.

Robert I Mesa is an actor of Navajo and Soboba descent. According to an online biography, Mesa is self-taught photographer, filmmaker and actor working in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mesa took to Instagram to celebrate the good news about being the first indigenous doctor on “Grey’s”.

“I’m so excited and honored to be the first indigenous doctor on Grey’s Anatomy,” he wrote. “James Chee will be back on April 15, so be sure to tune in…Thank you so much To Grey’s Anatomy! I know this is going to mean so much to my indigenous peoples.” He ended the caption with “it’s a good day to be indigenous”

Although now Mesa is now on one of the biggest shows on TV, he is still a relative newcomer to showbiz and “Grey’s” will be his first major role after appearing on episode three of this season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” has always prided itself in hiring diverse actors to fill its cast.

In fact, when “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes first created the show in 20–, she instructed her casting director to bring in actors of all races to audition. “The script was written with no character descriptions, no clue as to what anyone should look like,” she told Oprah in 2006.

“We read every color actor for every single part. My goal was simply to cast the best actors. I was lucky because the network said, ‘Go for it.'”

Those directions led to one of the most culturally and racially diverse casts in TV history. And it also changed the television landscape forever.

“When they had me come in to read for the role of chief of surgery, I hadn’t seen an African American in that kind of role before,” James Pickens Jr, who plays Dr. Richard Webber, said to The Hollywood Reporter.

He continued: “Shonda always wanted to make sure that the show impacted the landscape in a way that we hadn’t seen before on TV. I like to think that Grey’s had a big part in how the industry casts shows.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” has paved the way for other racially-diverse Shondaland shows like “How to Get Away With Murder”, “Scandal”, “Station 19”, and most recently, “Bridgerton.”

We’re glad that an iconic television staple like “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally expanding its diverse cast to include its first indigenous doctor.

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