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Demi Lovato Walks AMAs Red Carpet With Trans Lawmaker Danica Roem

20 November 2017

"I got to hear about her advocacy, both for inclusion and against bullying".

The 25-year-old, who has more than 20 tattoos, added the Lion to her collection of body art after attending the Time 100 Gala in NY in April. She told NPR that the song was written with school bullies in mind.

Chris Polk  AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp
Chris Polk AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp

The singer doesn't shy away from standing for what she believes in.

Her opponent in the race to represent Virginia's 13th District, longtime Republican State Delegate Bob Marshall, repeatedly referred to Roem, a transgender woman, using male pronouns and refused to participate in a debate with her.

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News' Jason Kennedy that she connected with Danica, who takes office on January 10, after she was inspired by her headline-making election. News on the red carpet."She's actually the first out and seated transgender state legislator in American history and when I heard that I was just completely inspired by it".

Lovato performed her hit "Sorry Not Sorry".

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Lavato said the Virginia legislator-elect inspired the singer to have her in the audience for her performance. "So no matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love you are welcomed, celebrated and respected in Virginia because of who you are, not despite it".

Roem joined Lovato as part of GLAAD's Together movement, which aims to unite marginalized communities. "Demi Lovato continues her legacy of raising the bar for entertaining audiences around the world and for spotlighting social issues that need the most attention". In a particularly impactful move, Demi made a decision to perform the song in front of a screen projecting some of the meanest comments she's ever faced on social media.

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Demi Lovato Walks AMAs Red Carpet With Trans Lawmaker Danica Roem