Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Singer and actress Demi Lovato is a strong supporter of LGBT rights. She played a lesbian character on Fox's Glee, served as the Grand Marshal of the Los Angeles Pride Parade this year, and has spoken openly about her grandfather's homosexuality. "I believe in gay marriage, I believe in equality," Lovato told Cambio magazine. "I think there's a lot of hypocrisy with religion…I just found that you can have your own relationship with God, and I still have a lot of faith."
Now, she's made a video (watch above) with the Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality. The video, released on Wednesday, is part of HRC's recently re-launched Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, which includes messages from Hillary Clinton, Bryan Cranston, Mo'Nique, and Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. Here is Lovato's message:
Hey, guys, I'm Demi Lovato, and I'm an American for marriage equality. I believe that love comes in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. So whether you're LGBT or straight, your love is valid, beautiful, and an incredible gift. So let's protect love and strengthen the institution of marriage by allowing loving, caring, and committed same-sex couples to legally marry. Please join me and the majority of American citizens who support marriage equality.
"We reached out to her [a couple months ago] knowing what a supporter of LGBT equality she is, and thought she would be great for this campaign," Charles Joughin, an HRC spokesman, told Mother Jones. He also mentioned that they have more Americans for Marriage Equality videos lined up featuring other big names, from pro-athletes and movie stars to politicians and civil rights leaders. HRC will likely be released one video a week over the coming months.
When asked if Lovato has any further plans to work with the LGBT civil rights group, Joughin said that nothing was discussed, but that they'd be more than happy to do so. "She certainly has done a lot for the larger movement…We haven't taken it into consideration, but we're such big fans of her we'd be thrilled to work with her in the future. Whether she's doing work with HRC, or elsewhere, I am certain this is a cause she's very committed to."
Now check out this video about Lovato sticking it to Russian president Vladimir Putin (and his anti-gay policies) during her New York City gay pride performance this summer. During the show, two of Lovato's male backup dancers shared a kiss; one of them appeared to be naked and was holding a picture of Putin's face over his crotch: