CARSON, CA–It was hard to miss pop star Taylor Swift on stage at iHeartRadio Wango Tango in Dignity Health Sports Park. It wasn’t just that she was dressed head-to-toe in rainbow colors framed by fringe. It was the bond of unconditional acceptance she shared with her audience, die-hard fans that screamed their approval as she dedicated her final song of the evening, “Delicate,” to lovers everywhere–homosexuals, heterosexual, bisexual, and transsexual. It was unscripted passion as she said, “It’s wonderful to be spending this particular evening with you because today is the first day of Pride month.
“You know, a lot of my songs are about love, and I just feel like, you know, who you love, how you identify—you should be able to live your life the way you want to live your life, and you should have the same exact rights as anybody else. So I started this petition, and you can find the link on my Instagram.
“It’s for the Equality Act, which basically just says that we want to send a message to our government that we believe that everybody should be treated fairly in this country. So if you sign it, it would really mean a lot to me, because I think we need to stick up for each other, we need to stand together. Don’t you?”
The cheering of her fan base aside, Swift struck back at the hypocrisy she sees in Washington and the arrogance of a President who feels that acknowledging Pride Month in a single Tweet is sufficient to suggest his support.
“I personally reject the President’s stance…”
“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.’ 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.” 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, nonbinary, or transgender parents, sons or daughters.”
Facing an uphill battle in the Republican-held Senate, the Equality Act is a long-shot piece of legislation at a time in America where unity is in short supply. It makes Swift’s effort all the more meaningful.
Today I wrote to my senator, Ted Cruz, for the first time. Thanks to the awe inspiring words of Taylor Swift and the example she set, I took a stand for equality 🏳️🌈🌈 ♥️@taylorswift13 #LetterToMySenator https://t.co/16SkI97x2o pic.twitter.com/1NR8F7nQxQ
— Audrey ME ON ITUNES (@PetermanAudrey) June 1, 2019
There are still many American who do not realize that the LGBT community is still not protected against discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations on a Federal level. Currently, these protections vary state-by-state.
As Swift notes in her petition: “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 this petition to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 1, 2019
“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.”