Taylor Swift Urges Senate To Pass Pro-LGBTQ+ Equality Act In Open Letter
By Lauren Crawford
June 1, 2019
In honor of the first day of Pride Month, Taylor Swift has taken a stand for the LGBTQ+ community.
In a passionate open letter to her Tennesse Senator, Lamar Alexander, the "ME!" singer urged the passing of the Equality Act — which protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination and was recently passed in the House of Representatives— and expressed her frustration with the White House's position against the legislation.
"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," Taylor wrote. "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 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."
Taylor's open letter also included a message to her fans as she asked that they too get involved in the fight to pass the Equality Act. "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," she captioned the Instagram post of her open letter.
"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," Taylor continued.
"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," she added. "Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally."
Read Taylor's message to Senator Alexander in full below. And CLICK HERE to sign her "Support the Equality Act" petition.
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