Here’s How Taylor Swift Is Celebrating Pride Month

Yesterday marked the beginning of Pride Month. The entire month of June recognizes the incredible contributions made by LGBT people across the globe. The month also serves as a commemoration for the Stonewall Riots which took place in June of 1969 and is a time of celebration for LGBT people and their allies. Singer/Songwriter Taylor Swift joined in on the festivities early this year and urged fans to do the same.

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Taking to her Instagram early Saturday morning, the 29-year-old songstress delivered a heartfelt message to her fans. In it, she elaborated on the country’s shortcomings as a nation in regards to helping to protect members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination and biases. She also openly showed her support of the Equality Act and shared a letter that she wrote to her senator, Lamar Alexander, urging him to show his support of it also.

Kicking off Pride

“🌈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.” The “Me!” singer wrote.

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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.

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Swift went on to stress how important it is for people to utilize their voices and votes to affect change. She asserted that politicians must do what is the interest of the people because, without our support, they cannot be elected into office. “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.” the ten-time GRAMMY award winner stated.

Petition

But Swift took this statement one step forward and alerted fans that she’d actually created a petition that implores the Senate to support the act. In less than 24 hours, the goal of 75,000 signatures had already been surpassed. This new era of Swift being more political is one that we are enjoying. Swift is showing the amazing impact she has by using her influence as a catalyst to urge people into action.

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With no plans to slow down, the 29-year-old has admitted that this level of political activism will bleed into her music also.”I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made. I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do.” the “Delicate” singer said.

We’re glad to see that the singer is celebrating Pride in an active, political way that can directly and positively impact the LGBT community. Let’s hope that it encourages other celebrities to follow suit. In Swift’s own words, “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈 “