Taylor Swift may have committed a musical hate crime when she released “ME!” but she decided to make it up to the LGBTQ+ community by kicking off Pride month with an open letter to Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, from her home state of Tennessee. The letter detailed Swift’s unwavering support for the Equality Act, which recently passed in the House, as she called out President Trump’s stance on it, urging Alexander to prove himself as a LGBTQ+ ally this Pride season, something he has never done before (in fact, he has a track record of the exact opposit).
"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 conscious rights,'" wrote Swift in a letter posted to Instagram on June 1.
"No. One cannot take the position that one supports a community while condemning it in the next breath as going against 'conscious' or 'parental rights.'"
With the fate of the bill now up to the Senate, Swift felt it was necessary "to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed," she explained in the caption attached to her letter, urging her followers to write to their own senators and demand they support the Act.
She added, "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."
Swift, a newly woke political queen, writes that the 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."
Since finally coming out against the Trump administration late last year, Swift has been especially vocal about her support for queer people. In April, she donated $113,000 to Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide LGBTQ+ advocacy group.