Demi Lovato wears pro trans shirt at Billboard Awards, raising money for Equality NC, Time Out Youth

Demi Lovato performed her song “Cool for the Summer” at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards wearing a shirt supporting the transgender community.

It featured a gender-inclusive restroom symbol and a replica will be on sale during her tour with Nick Jonas.

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Proceeds from sales of the shirt will benefit Equality NC and the Charlotte LGBT youth organization Time Out Youth.

The pair cancelled their North Carolina dates over HB2, which allows for discrimination against the LGBT community and does not allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

When cancelling those tour dates they released a statement which read in part:

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North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT community’s most basic rights and protections. But we will not allow this to stop us from continuing to make progress for equality and acceptance.

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state for the transgender public accommodations portion of the bill.

The issue was put even further into the spotlight when the Obama administration sent a letter to schools this month instructing them to allow trans students to use the bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

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