Taylor Swift kicked off Pride Month by urging one of her senators to vote for the Equality Act in support of LGBTQ rights — and rejecting President Trump’s stance.
The act, passed by the House last month, would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in employment, housing, education, jury service, and federal financing, according to The Washington Post.
Swift penned a letter to Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee asking him to support the act, then posted the letter on Instagram with the caption: “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.”
In her letter, she told the senator: “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.”
She also mentioned President Trump, who opposes the act, according to The Washington Post.
“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 wrote, referring to a statement from the Trump administration.
“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,'” Swift wrote. “That statement implies that there is something morally 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.”
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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.
Swift also posted photos on Instagram from her performance at the Wango Tango music festival, where she wore a rainbow jumpsuit. “Like a rainbow with all of the colors,” she wrote.
Swift broke her longstanding policy of staying silent on political matters last October when she endorsed two Tennessee Democrats.
Read the full story at The Washington Post.