updated 06/25/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/25/2014 AT 2:15 PM ET
Demi Lovato has revealed for the first time that her grandfather was gay, saying, “I feel a lot of my spirit has come from him.”
“I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself,” Lovato said, appropriately enough, while taping a segment for Trailblazers, a Logo TV special airing Thursday (9 p.m. ET) that honors LGBT civil rights pioneers. “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 seen all the progress that has been made,” said Lovato. “It’s such an honor to be welcomed and embraced by the LGBT community.”
Among those embracing Lovato at the taping was Lance Bass.
“I’m soooo happy I got to catch up with the adorable and super sweet @lancebass!!” Lovato wrote alongside a Twitter photo she posted of the two of them.