Demi Lovato's Date To The AMAs Was An Obvious Choice Once You Know What They Both Stand For

Danica Roem made a great plus one.

We already knew that Demi Lovato is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, so when she showed up to the 2017 American Music Awards with history-making politician Danica Roem by her side, it wasn't too much of a surprise. Turns out Lovato brought Roem as a date to the grand occasion and, it seems, they are our new favorite BFF team.


"We connected because I heard her story," Lovato told E! News on the red carpet. "She is actually the first out and seated transgender state legislator in American history, and when I heard that I was just completely inspired by it."

Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD's president and CEO, approved of this powerful duo, saying they 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 also brought up Roem's win earlier this month that established her as a "trailblazer" as well as Lovato's penchant for "spotlighting social issues that need the most attention" with her music.

Both Lovato and Roem joined forces for GLAAD's Together movement (represented by an ampersand pin), a campaign calling on marginalized communities to stand together, a message Lovato has turned into music.

"My story with 'Sorry Not Sorry' is about bullying and I wanted to have her in the audience with me tonight because I feel like we have been through some of the same things and now we get to share this experience together," Lovato added.

For Roem's part, she admitted to being more of a heavy metal fan but that her appreciation for the work Lovato does runs deep. "I'm also really grateful Demi has spent her career advocating for people who need a voice when they feel voiceless," Roem said. "She really understands what you look like, where you come from, who you worship or who you love you really should be welcomed and celebrated for who you are, not in spite of."

While we are in love with last night's performances, from Kelly Clarkson and Pink's powerful duet to Selena Gomez returning to the stage with a new song, it's always inspiring to see strong women standing side-by-side on the red carpet. Plus, it put Roem on a national stage to further promote the platform she ran on in Virginia — standing up for her constituents and advocating for inclusion and acceptance.

"It doesn't matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love," Roem previously told A Plus this summer after winning the primary. "If you have a public policy idea … you have just as much right to bring your idea to the table as anyone else."


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