Demi Lovato Stands Against North Carolina 'Bathroom Bill' in Special T-Shirt at the Billboard Music Awards
Demi Lovato made a statement in more ways than one during her performance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas Sunday.
Taking the stage to perform her 2015 hit “Cool for the Summer,” the 23-year-old wore a T-shirt with an inclusive bathroom symbol, taking a stand against North Carolina’s controversial HB2, a new law that bans cities and local governments from passing rules to allow transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their gender identity.
The special T-shirt will be available for Lovato’s fans during she and Nick Jonas‘ Honda Civic Tour: Future Now, with the proceeds going to LGBT organizations in North Carolina, GLAAD said in a statement on Sunday.
“Demi Lovato continues to be a fearless ally for LGBT equality and acceptance,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in the statement. “By wearing her support for the transgender community, Lovato is raising critical visibility for vulnerable LGBT North Carolinians and sending an invaluable message of support to transgender people everywhere.”
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Lovato and Jonas canceled their tour dates in Raleigh and Charlotte last month in support of the LGBT community.
“It’s incredibly difficult for everybody and the situation there is unfortunate,” Jonas told PEOPLE in April. “But Demi and I and our team, we talked about how we could make the biggest impact. We felt that this was the right choice.”