Demi Lovato attends L.A. and NYC Pride events: 'My Jesus loves all'
Actress and singer Demi Lovato performed at both the New York and L.A. LGBT Pride events this month, and promoted messages of equality at her shows and on social media.
L.A. Pride took place June 6-8, and Lovato performed and was the parade's Grand Marshall. New York Pride was held June 24-29, and the "Really Don't Care" singer performed at Sunday's "Dance on the Pier" event. Pride events commemorate the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riots that propelled the gay rights movement.
Lovato expressed joy last month at being invited to participate in both celebrations.
"It's such an honor to be a part of both L.A. and NYC Pride celebrations this year," she said in a statement.
"I have been an active advocate of the LGBT community and am wholly committed to supporting individuality and being comfortable in one's own skin. I am thrilled to be a part of both events as they are a wonderful celebration of independence and self-confidence."
Lovato recently revealed that her grandfather was gay, and that she considers him a trailblazer.
"He was a brave man who in the '60s came out of the closet, which is unheard of," she told Confidential.
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The 21-year-old has openly discussed other personal issues, such as her struggles with bulimia, self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, and drug and alcohol addictions. She said that the Lord took her through those trials to learn important lessons.
"He put me through those things, which seemed horrible at the time, but they were so worth it," she said in a Cosmopolitan interview. "With the obstacles I've overcome, I can help people."
She also doesn't see her faith as conflicting with her LGBT advocacy.
"You don't have to hate, because my Jesus loves all," she announced at L.A. Pride.
Lovato posted a picture with NYC Pride March Grand Marshall Laverne Cox on Instagram on Sunday.
"I am so proud that I was able to share the @NYCPride platform with @LaverneCox & share the positive message of equality for all," she captioned the photo. "#PridePortraits."