Demi Lovato Brings Transgender Virginia Lawmaker Danica Roem to 'American Music Awards'

Frederick Owens
November 21, 2017

At the beginning of her "Sorry Not Sorry" performance, Lovato stayed in her seat looking straight ahead while nasty tweets ("you're ugly", "piece of trash") flashed on a screen on stage.

"Danica put up with a lot of hate and bullshit by people who said she couldn't [win] but she did", she captioned on her Instagram after the show. Robert Marshall, a longtime opponent of the LGBTQ community, in Virginia's elections earlier this month, and was so inspired by Roem's story - and her status as Virginia's first out transgender elected official - that she asked her to attend the awards with her.

"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", GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press release. "She's a trailblazer and I wanted her to join me".

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"Some fans are saying that I've inspired them to either get over certain struggles in their lives they've been through-whether it's bullying, a mental illness ..." I was just completely inspired by that, ' Lovato said to E!

Demi Lovato used the American Music Awards red carpet to make a political statement with her unexpected date. "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". "Some people actually say that I've saved their life, which is unfathomable and I can't comprehend it fully, but it means everything to me", Lovato explained. "Thank you for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity". When she takes office in January, Roem, 33, is also poised to become the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature.

"Facts matter, and alternative facts are B.S".

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