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Demi Lovato wore Chanel for her red carpet turn at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, but her on-stage outfit was less focused on designer cred. Instead, the "Cool for the Summer" singer wore a black shirt with a white stick figure on the front, the kind you'd see on a bathroom door — an inclusive bathroom door.
With half a "skirt," the stick figure is symbolic of gender-neutral bathroom spaces, something advocates for trans rights have been highlighting in their opposition to the so-called "bathroom bills," like North Carolina's HB2.
Demi Lovato has a symbol for transgender bathrooms on her shirt at the Billboard Music Awards pic.twitter.com/FGjlgJG9fS— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) May 23, 2016
Lovato's shirt was a quiet but powerful show of support. "Demi Lovato continues to be a fearless ally for LGBT equality and acceptance,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a 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."
And it didn't go unnoticed by fans watching Lovato's Billboard performance.
Demi Lovato wore this shirt for trans rights tonight, she's truly incredible. pic.twitter.com/5auVmZS0Tk— k (@confidentkenz) May 23, 2016
Demi Lovato once again standing up for social issues, this time it's the Trans community, she is truly incredible pic.twitter.com/T7qKmJXXyl— • lmj • (@lovxtobutera) May 23, 2016