More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
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."