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Taylor Swift kicked off Pride Month Friday night 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. The 29-year-old pop star also publicly rejected President Donald Trump’s stance on the bill.
The Equality Act, which would explicitly grant federal non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ citizens, passed in the U.S. House last month in a historic vote. It is less likely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate and be signed into law by Trump.
“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.”
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 1, 2019
“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic,” she added. “The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.”
Last month Trump opposed the Equality Act, which Swift addressed in her official letter to Sen. Alexander.
“I personally reject this President’s stance that his administration ’supports equal treatment of all,’ but that the Equality Act, ’in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to determine parental and conscience rights,'” she wrote. “No. One cannot take the position that one supports a community, while condemning it in the next breath as going against ’conscience’ or ’parental rights,’ That statement implies that there is something morally wrong with you being anything other than heterosexual or cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful letter to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, non-binary or transgender parents, sons or daughters.”
Thank you @taylorswift13 for kicking off #PrideMonth by making a generous donation to support our work to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. We you. Follow Taylor’s lead: https://t.co/pEW5ZcHMxp pic.twitter.com/9N39wQ2BPz
— GLAAD (@glaad) June 1, 2019
The singer also encouraged fans to write letters to their own senators and created a Change.org petition urging the Senate to support the Equality Act.
Swift also made a generous donation to GLAAD. “Taylor Swift continues to use her platform to speak out against discrimination and create a world where everyone can live the life they love,” said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. “GLAAD is so thankful for her donation to support our advocacy efforts and for her ongoing work to speak out for what is fair, just, and LGBTQ inclusive. In today’s divisive political and cultural climate, we need more allies like Taylor, who send positive and uplifting messages to LGBTQ people everywhere.”
The Grammy winner reportedly donated about $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) in April, thanking the organization for its ongoing fight to prevent anti-LGBTQ bills from becoming law in her home state.
Ahead of the midterm elections last November, Swift boosted voter registration in Tennessee by using her platform to support Democratic candidates over anti-LGBTQ Republican Marsha Blackburn, writing “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights.” Trump responded that he liked her music “about 25% less now.”
“In the past, I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions,” Swift admitted at the time. “But due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”
Swift had been harshly criticized for her lack of participation during the 2016 presidential election, specifically her failure to publicly support candidate Hillary Clinton like fellow pop stars Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Her political silence led some to conclude that she may have conservative Republican views.
Like a rainbow with all of the colors
Thank you to everyone who came to Wango Tango! That was FUN Ps a huge thank you to @brendonurie for surprising the crowd!!
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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 2, 2019
Last summer Swift recognized Pride Month with an inspiring speech at a Chicago concert. “It’s very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any situation,” she told the crowd, “but it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that it might be met with adversity from society.”
Prior to the April release of “Me!,” her single with pansexual Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie, rumors circulated that Swift might be coming out as bisexual or queer.
Swift and Urie both rocked rainbow statement looks Saturday night at the iHeartRadio Wango Tango music festival.