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Demi Lovato Spotlights Historic Legislator Danica Roem at the 2017 AMAs

Demi Lovato

"Danica put up with a lot of hate and bullshit by people who said she couldn't win but she did."

Underlining the unashamed attitude of her 2017 anthem "Sorry Not Sorry," Demi Lovato made a powerful statement on last night's American Music Awards red carpet when she walked alongside Danica Roem, Virgina's first transgender state legislator.

Roem, whose historic win was announced earlier this month, joined forces with Lovato through GLAAD and the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which works to increase the number of LGBTQ officials at all levels of U.S. government.

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"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," Lovato said on Instagram. "Danica put up with a lot of hate and bullshit by people who said she couldn't win but she did."

She continued, highlighting how Roem reflects the lyrics in "Sorry Not Sorry," which Lovato performed during the annual awards show. "Her story is so inspiring and I was so proud to have her next to me before the performance of 'Sorry Not Sorry,' which is an unapologetic anthem to all haters out there," the singer said.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said the two women "embody the need for all Americans to stand together united and to take action today against any form of discrimination and oppression. Danica Roem is a trailblazer whose win in Virginia showcased both how young people and marginalized communites can impact voting results, and how every young American deserves an opportunity to work hard and achieve their dreams."

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