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This Question Pushed Taylor Swift to Speak Out About LGBTQ Rights

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This Question Pushed Taylor Swift to Speak Out About LGBTQ Rights

The singer has remained largely apolitical in her public persona. But everything has changed for the superstar, and now she’s speaking out.

Everything has changed for Taylor Swift.

Much has been said about the singer and her largely apolitical image for the latter part of her career. That changed last year when the superstar endorsed Phil Bredesen against Republican Tennessee representative Marsha Blackburn during the mid-term elections. More recently, Swift released a love letter to the LGBTQ community for her single “You Need to Calm Down,” urged her millions of fans to write to their representatives to support the Equality Act andspoke about her political pivot in her profile for Vogue.

Swift credits this to a question posed by her friend and Ru Paul’s Drag Race judge Todrick Hall.

“Maybe a year or two ago, Todrick and I are in the car, and he asked me, ‘What would you do if your son was gay?’” she said.

“The fact that he had to ask me…shocked me and made me realize that I had not made my position clear enough or loud enough,” she continued. “If my son was gay, he’d be gay. I don’t understand the question. If he was thinking that, I can’t imagine what my fans in the LGBTQ community might be thinking. It was kind of devastating to realize that I hadn’t been publicly clear about that.”

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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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Regardless of how you feel about Swift, her music or the way she’s used her platform in the past, it’s incredibly admirable that a celebrity of her stature is being as vocal as she is during the turbulent times we’re living in.

”It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud,” she said. “When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s click bait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc.”

Part of what makes a great ally is someone who knows when to get out of the way, but to take accountability for when they make a mistake. We’re only human after all.

h/t: Pink News

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