Demi Lovato Walks AMAs Red Carpet With Trans Lawmaker Danica Roem

Danica Roem and Demi Lovato on the red carpet at the American Music Awards

There may or may not be a new man in Demi Lovato's life... but that's not who stood next to her on the red carpet at the 2017 American Music Awards.

During the awards show, the duo sat next to each other in the audience at the beginning of Lovato's performance of "Sorry Not Sorry", while tweets with insults like "piece of trash" and "fat rat" flashed across the screen. If you haven't heard the name before, we're sure you'll hear it more in the years to come, as the 33-year-old became the nation's first openly transgender state legislator on Election Day. "To be a state legislator as a trans woman is groundbreaking and incredible, I have so much respect for her and I wanted to come with her".

"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 ..."

"We contacted because I heard her story".

Among those to applaud the gesture was GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, who praised Lovato and Roem as "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" in an email statement sent to HuffPost.

"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", Ellis added.

Danica didn't let the glitz and glamour of the AMAs mean that she forgot about important matters, taking the opportunity to discuss congestion on Route 28 on the red carpet. Bob Marshall, a 13-term incumbent and socially conservative lawmaker who proudly called himself Virginia's 'chief homophobe'.

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