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Demi Lovato Headlines NYC Pride Dance: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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On June 29, Demi Lovato will be on the Pier in Tribeca as the host of the NYC Pride Dance. The starlet has made a name for herself as a supporter of gay rights.


1. She’s Inspired By Her Grandfather


She told the Daily News, “To be honest, I never met him, so I never really thought about it that much until I got asked what does a trailblazer mean to me.

However, the courage he exhibited in an era where people weren’t as open about their sexuality inspires her:

He was a brave man who in the ’60s came out of the closet, which is unheard of.


2. She Wants To Use Her Celebrity Status For Good


She didn’t always feel like that, by as she aged, her outlook changed.

“When I was with the Disney Channel, I thought, ‘This isn’t fair. I signed up to be a musician and have a TV show. … I didn’t sign up to be a role model,” she said.

3. She Was the Grand Marshall of L.A.’s Pride Parade


4. At the Trailblazers Awards She Gave An Award to ‘Orange is the New Black’

The first ever Trailblazers Awards celebrated the celebrities who further the LGBT cause.

It was at this event, held in June in New York City, that she revealed the story about her grandfather.

“My grandfather was a trailblazer himself. He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him.” she said.


5. She Values Her Soul More Than Her Career

The singer became a contributing editor for Seventeen, and talks about important issues that teens are dealing with.

She told the magazine:

When I give back, I don’t question my self-worth. I know that if my career were to fall apart tomorrow – even if I were to never have money or fame again – I’d still have value in my soul, because I know that I can have an effect on someone else’s life.

When she was asked about her eating disorder, she said:

But I will deal with it for the rest of my life because it’s a life-long disease. I don’t think there’s going to be a day when I don’t think about food or my body, but I’m living with it, and I wish I could tell young girls to find their safe.

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