Taylor Swift begins pride month in the most empowering way. The pop star used her influence to speak out in support of the LGBTQ Equality Act.
In an Instagram post she posted Friday night, the singer shared an open letter to Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Swift wrote the letter to urge the U.S. Senator to vote pro-Equality Act. If the act is passed, it will prevent sexual orientation and gender identity-based discrimination in the U.S.
Swift greeted everyone in the caption of the post where she wrote “Happy Pride month!!!” The pop star continued, “While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally.”
The star also expressed her disapproval for U.S. President Trump’s stance on the issue saying: “his administration, ‘supports equal treatment of all,’ but that the Equality Act, ‘in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.’”
“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,’” she added. “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.”
Earlier this month, the singer announced that her 7th studio album will feature political tones. Taylor Swift faced backlash back in the 2016 U.S Presidential elections for keeping mum about her political opinions. Since then, the star has made the effort to be more politically involved.
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🌈HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!🌈 While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. 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. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. 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. 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. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.
Laura is a reporter and a business columnist for Best in Australia. She focuses on businesses, science and social affairs in Australia and worldwide.