Tweet #loveislovato to Demi!
Pop sensation Demi Lovato's new music video for "Really Don't Care," released last week, is the ultimate display of support and love for the LGBT community. Filmed at this year's L.A. Pride parade, where Demi served as Grand Marshall, the video reflects Demi's commitment to stomping out bullying and bettering the world for LGBT youth. The video opens with Demi responding to vicious anti-LGBT protesters by exclaiming, "You don't have to hate, because my Jesus loves all."
In addition to being the Grand Marshall at the L.A. parade and releasing the new video, Demi joined in on the NYC Pride festivities this past weekend, where she co-hosted the NYC Pride Rally to kick off the weekend's events and then performed at the legendary Dance on the Pier, where she spoke out in support of equality for LGBT people in the United States, Russia, and across the world.
While on stage at the NYC Pride Rally, Demi voiced her ongoing support for the LGBT community and said to the cheering crowd "You've got me, I'll fight for you."
But support for equality is nothing new for Demi.
She accepted a guest role on Fox's hit show Glee in 2013 as the love interest of Naya Rivera's character Santana, and said she hoped the role would bring primetime television attention to the LGBT community as well as "inspire people with my character to love who they are and accept who they are." Later in 2013 Demi participated in GLAAD's Spirit Day as a Spirit Day Ambassador where she wore purple and urged others to do so as well, to stand up against bullying and in support of LGBT youth.
Demi also recently attended Logo TV Trailblazers, an event honoring pioneers who have made strides for the LGBT community. Before she presented an award to Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, Taryn Manning, and Samira Wiley on behalf of their hit GLAAD Media Award-winning show Orange is the New Black she spoke in honor of her grandfather and said:
"I've never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself. He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him. He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made. It's such an honor to be welcomed and embraced by the LGBT community, so thank you very much."
Most recently, Demi participated in GLAAD's #PridePortraits campaign, which encouraged Instagram users to share their Pride stories. Demi participated by posting a photo of her and Laverne Cox. Check it out below:
Demi has also taken to Twitter to tweet out her support over the years, speaking up for marriage equality (using lyrics from her chart-topping song “Made in the USA” to do so)
Applauding the Supreme Court's decisions that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8
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
And even promoting the 2013 documentary Bridegroom that covered the tragic story of Shane Bitney's struggles after the sudden death of his partner Tom (after which Bitney told Demi how much her inspirational song “Skyscraper” helped him through a dark time)
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 8, 2014
Through all of her fame and fortune, Demi has remained open and honest with her millions of fans about her own personal struggles. Her courage to be true and authentic while remaining under the gaze of millions of followers has helped many young fans, including LGBT children and teens, to speak their own truths and stay strong.
So let's show Demi our support and thank her for all she has done (and will continue to do) to bring awareness to important issues, inspire others, and fight for the LGBT community. Tweet Demi (@ddlovato) and show her your love with the hashtag #loveislovato