One of Virginia's newly elected lawmakers has made a red carpet appearance at the American Music Awards.
Pop star Demi Lovato took Del.-elect Danica Roem as her date to the show in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Lovato says she is "completely inspired'' by Roem's story.
Roem, a transgender former newspaper reporter, defeated longtime incumbent Republican Bob Marshall this month for a seat in the House of Delegates. She will become the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature.
Lovato attended the AMAs to sing a song directed to people who bullied her in school.
In an interview on the red carpet, Roem said that while she's more of a heavy-metal fan, she appreciates Lovato's advocacy for inclusion.
Later, she was shown sitting next to Lovato.