Taylor Swift Writes Tennessee Senator in Support of Equality Act
June is Pride Month, and on the very first day of the month, Taylor Swift released an open letter addressed to Senator Lamar Alexander of her home state, Tennessee, urging him to vote for the Equality Act which protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination.
Swift posted the text of her letter to social media, imploring 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. I urge you to write to your senators, too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator.”
The act was passed by the House in May and will go before the Senate and the White House at some time in the future. "For American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my opinion, is un-American and cruel,” Swift noted.
She also had strong words regarding President Trump in the matter: "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,'" she asserted. "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 wrong with being anything other than heterosexual and cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful message to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, non-binary or transgender parents, sons or daughters."
Swift additionally created a Change.org petition in support of the act, which as of publishing time had more than 86,000 signatures.
For most of her career, Swift markedly kept her opinion silent on political matters, but broke that practice in October of 2018 when she endorsed Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives for Tennessee in the midterm elections.
The superstar also donated $113,000 in April to the Tennessee Equality Project, which states it is working on "advancing the Rights of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community in Tennessee" and is at the moment is fighting a series of state bills that discriminate against the LGBTQ community, including measures targeting same-sex couple adoption.
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