Taylor Swift was once non-political — magnificently, therefore. That modified in October 2018 once she created a daring and rare move to support Democratic nominees in the midterm elections. At the stroke of midnight on June 1, 2019, that began LGBTQ Pride Month, Swift released an open letter to one of her senators, Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander, in support of the Equality Act and in rejection of President Donald Trump’s stance on the matter.
“I in person reject the President’s stance that his administration, ‘supports equal treatment of all,’ however that the Equality Act, ‘in its current form is crammed with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.’ No. One cannot take the position that one supports a community, whereas condemnatory it within the next breath as going against ‘conscience’ or ‘parental rights,’” the 29-year-old “ME!” singer wrote in the letter, that she published to her social media channels. “That statement implies that there’s one thing virtuously wrong with being something apart from heterosexual and cisgender, that is associate unbelievably harmful message to send to a nation filled with healthy and loving families with same-sex, non binary or transgender parents, sons or daughters.”
The Equality Act, that the House passed on Friday, May 17, amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and prohibits discrimination on the idea of sexual orientation and personal identity in each the general public and private sectors. The bill can currently go before the Senate and also the White House, though Republican senators and Trump has taken a stance against it, as documented by The New York Times.
According to NBC News, a senior official for the Trump administration said in a very statement, “The Trump administration fully opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all. However, this bill in its current form is stuffed with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.” in the meantime, the administration continues to support means that to boost spiritual freedoms, that has typically served as a defence to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
“While we’ve got so much to celebrate, we have a tendency to even have a great distance to travel before everybody in this country is actually treated equally,” Swift wrote in introduction addressed to fans that proceeded the letter.
“I’ve set to commence Pride Month by writing a letter to at least one of my senators to clarify how strongly I feel that the Equality Act ought to be passed,” she further. “I urge you to jot down to your senators, too. I’ll be searching for your letters by looking out the hashtag #lettertomysenator.”
Swift conjointly created a Change.org petition to “urge the Senate to support the Equality Act,” and GLAAD confirmed singly that she made a “very generous donation in the honor of LGBTQ Pride month” to the LGBTQ organization. GLAAD said the money “will be used for GLAAD’s current work to amplify stories similarly as produce campaigns that fight back against this rise of hate and discrimination and also accelerate acceptance of LGBTQ individuals.”
“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ individuals should sleep in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or property owner who is homophobic or transphobic,” Swift continued in her note to fans. “The proven fact that, legally, some individuals are utterly at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.”
On Friday, Trump’s Twitter account shared the subsequent statement: “As we tend to celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have created to our great Nation, allow us to stand in solidarity with the various LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that penalize, imprison, or maybe execute people on the idea of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a worldwide campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us. during this effort!”
The statement came with backlash, laughs, and eye rolls from several of these outside his support base, together with GLAAD, that chronicled, in detail, Trump and his administration’s history of anti-LGBTQ acts.
“This is gaslighting,” GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said during a statement. “Actions speak louder than words and President Trump and his Administration have attacked the LGBTQ community in policy and rhetoric over one hundred ten times since taking office. once discussing this tweet, we want to recollect the complete story around his anti-LGBTQ record.”
When Swift came out in support of Democrats in 2018, over 105,000 new people reportedly registered to vote through Vote.org within forty-eight hours of her statement. Let’s see what this new stance can do.