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Nick Jonas Honors Demi Lovato

He explains how the pop star influenced his decision to play a gay character (twice).

04/04/2016 · 3:36

NICK JONAS.

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> HELLO AND THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR HAVING ME HERE TONIGHT.

THIS PAST YEAR I GOT THE

OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY TWO GAY

CHARACTERS ON "SCREAM QUEENS"

AND "KINGDOM."

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT INSPIRED

ME TO GO FOR IT WHEN PLAYING THE

CHARACTERS IS THE CONFIDENCE AND

CREATIVITY OF MY DEAR FRIEND,

DEMI LOVATO.

[ APPLAUSE ]

THOSE IS ONE OF MANY THINGS THAT

I ADMIRE ABOUT MY FRIEND DEMI

LOVATO IS THAT SHE PUSHES HER

FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HER

COMMUNITY THAT SHE BUILT AROUND

HER TO ABSOLUTELY BE WHO THEY

ARE AND TO EMBRACE THEIR

VULNERABILITY AND MAKE THEM

STRENGTHS.

AND THERE ARE THINGS THAT MAY

HOLD OTHER PEOPLE BACK LIKE HOW

ARE PEOPLE GOING TO REACT IF I

SAY THIS OR HOW IS MY CAREER

GOING TO BE AFFECTED IF I DO

THIS?

NOT DEMI.

NOT DEMI.

SHE IS COMPLETELY AUTHENTIC

24/7.

I THINK THAT'S WHY SHE RESONATES

SO MUCH WITH HER LGBT FANS.

HERE'S WHY DEMI MOVES US ALL SO

DEEPLY.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

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>> I AM SO PROUD OF YOU.

YOU ARE SO DESERVING OF THIS

AWARD.

>> YOU ARE ONE PERSON WHO

ACTUALLY PUTS ACTIONS BEHIND

YOUR WORDS.

>> IT REALLY STRUCK ME WHEN SHE

WAS SPEAKING ABOUT LGBT ISSUES

AND SHE SAID IT'S OKAY TO BE GAY

AND IT'S OKAY TO BE YOU.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I

ACCEPTED IT WITHIN MYSELF AND

SHE HELPED ME GET TO THAT PLACE

AND I AM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR

GETTING THIS AWARD.

YOU'VE HELPED SO MANY PEOPLE.

>> IT'S BEEN INCREDIBLE TO WATCH

YOU OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS AND

YOU CONTINUE TO USE YOUR PLATZ

FO

PLATFORM.

>> IT'S EXCITING AND THE ISSUES

AND IT'S THE SPOTLIGHT AND MAKES

THE WORLD A DIFFERENT WAY.

SHE MADE IT FUN.

IT MADE ME LIKE HER EVEN MORE

BECAUSE IT IS SO RARE FOR

ARTISTS TO SUPPORT OUR

COMMUNITY.

>> WHEN I WATCHED THE MUSIC

VIDEO FOR THAT IT STARTED TO GET

THE BALL ROLLING AND THAT SONG

PUT THE WHEELS IN MOTION FOR THE

WAY I CAME OUT TO MY FRIENDS AND

FAMILY.

>> IT'S YOUR FEARLESSNESS AND

YOUR PASSION AND YOU FIGHTING

FOR THE UNDERDOG THAT WILL

CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS WORLD A

BETTER PLACE SO THANK YOU.

>> YOUR WILLINGNESS TO BE OPEN

AND HONEST ABOUT YOUR OWN

JOURNEY WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE

ME AND MANY OTHERS.

>> THE THING THAT SHE CAN BE

HERSELF AND BE FULLY SUCCESSFUL

HAS REALLY INSPIRED ME TO SORT

OF BE OPEN ABOUT WHO I AM IN

MORE SITUATIONS LIKE I'M OUT AT

WORK WHICH IS SOMETHING I DIDN'T

THINK THAT I WOULD EVER BE ABLE

TO DO.

>> I'M NOT ASHAMED OF MY

IDENTITY AND I'M A TRANSGENDER

MALE AND I'M CONFIDENT IN IT,

AND SHE HELPED ME REALIZE IT.

>> DEMI, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR

GLAAD VANGUARD AWARD.

THERE'S NO ONE MORE DESERVING

THAN YOU.

>> DEMI LOVATO, CONGRATULATIONS

FOR ALL YOU DO.

I'M HONORED TO CALL YOU A

FRIEND.

>> CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARD

AND SORRY WE COULDN'T BE WITH

YOU IN PERSON, BUT WE'RE

CELEBRATING ON YOUR BEHALF.

>> I'M SORRY I COULDN'T BE THERE

WITH YOU TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE

WITH YOU, BUT I'M SENDING YOU

LOTS AND LOTS OF LOVE AND

SUPPORT.

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