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Demi Lovato's pro-LGBT statement at the Billboard Music Awards hit all the right notes.

Continuing her streak of being LGBT-positive, Demi Lovato made a pretty awesome move.

Demi Lovato's pro-LGBT statement at the Billboard Music Awards hit all the right notes.

Demi Lovato is all about LGBT rights, and she has been for a while.

Just last month, LGBT media watchdog GLAAD awarded her with its Vanguard Award, presented to people in the media who have made a big difference in promoting equality and acceptance. Basically, it's like a super-duper ally award.



Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for GLAAD.

“Demi Lovato has consistently used her platform as a successful artist to send messages of acceptance and support to LGBT people everywhere,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “She is an extraordinary ally who is committed to helping young people embrace who they are and live the lives they love.”

So it should come as no surprise that she used her performance at the Billboard Music Awards to make a statement about equality.

Lovato was there to perform her single "Cool for the Summer," but what was really cool was what she was wearing: a mesh shirt with a symbol that's come to represent trans people in the ongoing fight for trans legal protections (and the opposition's obsession with bathrooms).

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

A few weeks back, she and tour mate Nick Jonas made the decision to cancel their North Carolina shows over the state's anti-trans HB2 law.

Just like Bruce Springsteen and other artists did. It's a strong statement against a discriminatory law.

The absolute coolest part? Replicas of Lovato's shirt will be sold at upcoming tour dates, with proceeds supporting LGBT organizations in North Carolina.

All proceeds from shirt sales will go to Equality NC and Time Out Youth. Equality NC is a statewide group fighting for the equal rights of LGBT North Carolinians, and Time Out Youth is an LGBT-affirming community center for Charlotte youth.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

When all eyes were on her at the Billboard Music Awards, she didn't let the opportunity go to waste. That's what makes her a great ally.

Way to go, Demi Lovato. Way. To. Go.

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Those of us who value facts, reason, and rational thought have found ourselves at some of our fellow citizens and thinking, "Really? THIS is how you choose to use the greatest tool humanity has ever created? To spew unfounded conspiracy theories?"

It's a marvel, truly.

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Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

This slideshow shows how the UN has worked to build peace and security around the world:

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Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

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DiMezzo is clear about why she ran—to show how "clueless the average voter is" and to prove that "the system is utterly and hopelessly broken"—stances that her win only serves to reinforce.

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Dear JK Rowling,

I am writing this letter to say a big thank you to you. You may think it strange that a gobby trans woman such as me would wish to thank you after all your recent transphobic outpourings, but let me explain…

I certainly don't thank you for your lengthy essay last month where you describe the abuse you have suffered (for which you have my sympathy) and in which you stated that you do not hate trans people, while at the same time peddling even more anti-trans mis-information. Sadly, your diatribe directly caused some trans children to self-harm and other to attempt suicide.

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