Demi Lovato turned heads at the 2017 AMAs on Sunday (Nov. 19) when she walked the red carpet with recently elected Danica Roem, Virginia’s first transgender legislator. The two had teamed up as a part of GLAAD’s Together movement, which calls on marginalized communities to stand together in the face of oppression.
GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis explained, “Demi Lovato and Danica Roem are two strong and inspirational women who embody the need for all Americans to stand together united and to take action today against any form of discrimination and oppression.”
She continued, “Danica Roem is a trailblazer whose win in Virginia showcased both how young people and marginalized communities can impact voting results and how every American deserves an opportunity to work hard and achieve their dreams. 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.”
Such an honor to have Danica Roem who will be the first out and seated transgender state legislator in U.S. history by my side tonight at the AMAs. Danica put up with a lot of hate and bullshit by people who said she couldn’t win but she did. Her story is so inspiring and I was so proud to have her next to me before the performance for #sorrynotsorry which is an unapologetic anthem to all haters out there. Danica, you are an inspiration to so many and I can’t wait see all the amazing things you do! —-??–?–
This heartwarming awards show moment is far from the only time Demi Lovato has spoken out for the LGBTQ community — which she herself quietly joined as she spoke out on denying labels, yet accepting her sexuality in her recent documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, as she explained, “I am open to human connection, so whether that’s through a male or female, it doesn’t matter to me.” Billboard celebrates Lovato’s love for the LGBTQ community with seven additional times she’s taken a stand.
North Carolina Tour Dates Canceled After Bathroom Bill Passed
Back in Spring 2016, Lovato and Jonas immediately responded to the anti-LGBTQ bill passed through North Carolina’s legislature with a statement posted to Twitter, actively taking a stand against the harmful actions that were now legalized. The statement began, “After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our Honda Civic Tour: Future Now shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. One our our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are.”
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) April 25, 2016
Style Statement for Transgender Rights at the BBMAs
When Lovato took to the stage at the 2016 BBMAs, her style choice continued the sentiments expressed by cancelling her North Carolina tour dates. Lovato rocked a shirt bearing the symbol for gender-neutral bathrooms in support of non-binary individuals affected by the recent legislation. The same shirt was also available for fans to purchase during her tour, and all proceeds went to benefit North Carolina-based organizations Equality NC and Time Out Youth.
Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community for Billboard Pride
Lovato shared her heartfelt sentiments for the LGBTQ community with Billboard back in June, saying, “I struggle with wrapping my head around the fact that we live in a world where love and equal rights still have to be questioned or discounted.” She continued, “You all have been a huge part of my life and my existence. You inspire, empower, and encourage me every day, and I will continue to stand with you and will give you all the same and more in return.”
Really Doesn’t Care What Protestors Think at L.A. Pride
“You don’t have to hate, because my Jesus loves all,” Lovato shouted at the beginning of her “Really Don’t Care” music video back in 2014. The singer took time out of serving as grand marshal of the 44th Annual L.A. Pride Parade to shoot the colorful visuals, showcasing attendees in all their glory.
Celebration of the End of DOMA and Prop 8
Demi was more than excited about the rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 back in 2013, when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are allowed the same benefits as heterosexual married couples in a 5 to 4 vote. The singer tweeted, “OUR LOVE WAS MADE, #MADE IN THE USA,” and “Gay, straight, lesbian, bi… No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality.”
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 26, 2013
Gay, straight, lesbian, bi.. No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 26, 2013
It’s All In The Family
For Logo’s 2014 Trailblazers event, Lovato opened up about her own grandfather, who she called a trailblazer himself. “He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel a lot of my spirit has come from him,” she explained. “He passed away a few years later, and I only wish he could have been able to see all of the progress that has been made.”
Touching Tribute to Pulse Tragedy Victims with Nick Jonas and Andra Day
After what was then the most deadly shooting in America’s history, Lovato gave a tear-jerking tribute to the victims of the tragic Orlando nightclub shooting with a performance of “Rise Up” alongside Andra Day and Nick Jonas. The performance was welcomed first with a prayer led by a man named Hank. He stated, “Orlando, you’ve been through a lot. In the last month, you’ve had two shootings, one of which was the most deadly shooting in all of America’s history.” He continued, “So we want to pause in the midst of this exciting night… we can to pause and say a prayer, a prayer of healing.” Throughout the performance, the names of the victims appeared on the screen behind the singers.