Taylor Swift slams Trump on LGBT stance, presses Senate to advance Equality Act
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Taylor Swift marked the beginning of Pride month at midnight on Friday with a late-night social media post calling for passage of the Equality Act, which aims to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination.
At the same time, Swift, who had stayed out of the political fray until the the last election cycle, took aim at President Trump's reported position on the legislation, which passed the House in mid-May.
"I personally reject the 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 undermine parental and conscience rights,'" Swift wrote in a letter to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander. The letter quotes the White House's widely reported position on the bill.
She explained the next step is for the bill to go before the Senate and shared a letter she wrote to Alexander, R, Tenn., urging he vote in favor of the bill.
"I respect your position in our country and your ability to really impact positive moves forward," she wrote. "Please, please think about the lives you could change for the better if you were to vote to support the Equality Act in the Senate and prohibit this harsh and unfair discrimination."
Friday night's post isn't the first time Swift has gotten political. In October, she used her social media accounts to support Tennessee governor candidate Phil Bredesen. While Bredesen lost, Swift wasn't discouraged from speaking out for causes close to her heart.
Below is an excerpt of a social media post she penned alongside the letter to Alexander:
taylorswift 🌈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.
Swift's post comes on the heels on her new single "Me!," a collaboration with Brendon Urie, the lead song from her coming album. A title and date have not been announced.