Naya Rivera, who plays lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez on Glee, has said the Latino community is becoming increasingly accepting of gay rights.

Rivera, whose father is Puerto Rican, spoke to The Huffington Post about the issue at Saturday's GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, which she co-hosted with Glee co-star Cory Monteith.

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When asked where the Latino community was on its support, Rivera answered: “I feel like it might have taken a little bit longer just because traditional Latino families are very, you know, religious, and very Catholic, and that might have, you know, been a little bit of a hurdle in that community. But I feel like they're very accepting and proud.”

Rivera added that she believes her role playig a lesbian on television has saved lives.

“I get a lot of really touching letters from really young girls, you know, saying that the character that I play on Glee has really helped them come out to their friends or family or, even if they are not ready to come out yet, just be happy and secure with who they are. Honestly, I think it saves lives,” she said.