Taylor Swift needs you to calm down.
On Thursday, June 13, the “Delicate” diva took to Instagram Live to dish out all the details on her upcoming seventh album, Lover, which will drop on August 23.
She also revealed her next single, “You Need to Calm Down,” would be released at midnight—and add it to your Pride Month playlist because not only is it a bop, it’s also a bop that calls out the haters online. Specifically anti-LGBTQ ones.
Go off, T-Swift!
omg she really did that pic.twitter.com/KeG7JTvdBL
— GLAAD (@glaad) June 14, 2019
The official music video for the track debuts Monday, June 17. In the meantime, Swift released a colorful lyric video for the song, giving visuals to her words—including her shout-out to GLAAD and this message to trolls: “’cause shade never made anybody less gay!”
Happy Pride, everyone! T-Swift just ended homophobia—and fans can’t deal:
— Caroline (@loverxswiftie) June 14, 2019
second verse and chorus is calling out homophobes (references making signs about people you hate during parades). "shade never made anybody less gay" = gay people will still be gay no matter how much you yell that you hate them.
— Katie Minard (@KatieMinard) June 14, 2019
Girls and gays we're really going to be screaming "'CAUSE SHADE NEVER MADE ANYBODY LESS GAY" at the next tour. That's really happening.
— Chris Swiftmore™ ️ (@HuffleBoy) June 14, 2019
Listen up lgbt swifties can you imagine screaming “shade never made anybody less gay” at the ts7 tour with all your friends because I can and… I’m crying
— Jemima Skelley (@jemimaskelley) June 14, 2019
"CAUSE SHADE NEVER MADE ANYBODY LESS GAY"
She ended homophobic locals.
— Taylor Swift Facts (@TSwiftFTC) June 14, 2019
Swift kicked off Pride Month with an open letter on social media to Sen. Lamar Alexander, from her home state of Tennessee, urging him to support the Equality Act and increase protections for the LGBTQ community.
“While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally,” Swift wrote in a rainbow-colored note to her fans. “I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed.”
Check out “You Need to Calm Down” below, and get ready to hear it on a loop for the rest of Pride Month.