Demi Lovato's AMA guest was Virginia's first openly transgender state legislator

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- One of Virginia's newly elected lawmakers has made a red carpet appearance at the American Music Awards.

The Washington Post reports that D-FW-raised pop star Demi Lovato took Del.-elect Danica Roem as her date to the show in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Lovato says she is "completely inspired" by Roem's story.

Roem, a transgender former newspaper reporter, defeated longtime incumbent Republican Bob Marshall this month for a seat in the House of Delegates. She will become the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature.

Lovato attended the AMAs to sing a song directed to people who bullied her in school.

In an interview on the red carpet, Roem said that while she's more of a heavy-metal fan, she appreciates Lovato's advocacy for inclusion.

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