GLAAD Mourns Death of Mexican American Superstar and LGBT Ally Jenni Rivera

Mexican American superstar Jenni Rivera, who was an ally for LGBT equality, died in a plane accident December 9.

To express her support for LGBT youth and to stand up against bullying Rivera participated in Spirit Day. In 2011 she invited GLAAD to do an interview about bullying on her syndicated radio show and the following day performed dressed in purple at the Billboard Awards for Mexican music. She was also an outspoken advocate for immigrants.

Rivera had left a concert in Mexico and was traveling with four members of her team including close friend and publicist Arturo Rivera and make-up artist Jacob Yebale. She was one of the most successful female performers on Latin charts, had a very popular reality show “I Love Jenni,” on Mun2 and was a coach on "The Voice Mexico."

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GLAAD Southern Stories will elevate the experiences of LGBT people in six of the nation's southern states. The initiative amplifies stories of LGBT people thriving in the South, ongoing discrimination, as well as the everyday indignities endured by LGBT people who simply wish to live the lives they love, including stories of family, stories of faith, stories of sports, and stories of patriotism