June 25th, 2014
05:34 PM ET
When it comes to being a trailblazer, Demi Lovato has her grandfather to thank.
While presenting an award at Logo TV's first Trailblazers awards ceremony, Lovato revealed that she's taken her cues on authenticity from her grandfather, who came out as gay in a turbulent time.
"I've never spoken about this before," Lovato began. "He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel 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."
Lovato was present to give a Trailblazer award to the stars of Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." The ceremony will air June 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Logo.
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