Taylor Swift jumped again into the political area with a bang on Friday.
The “Shake It Off” singer knocked President Donald Trump’s stance on LGBTQ points as she launched a marketing campaign aimed toward convincing senators to help the Equality Act.
In a observe on Twitter celebrating Pride Month, which begins Saturday, Swift acknowledged that whereas there was “so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally.”
The House’s recent passing of the Equality Act — to guard LGBTQ folks from discrimination at work, house and faculty — was “excellent news,” she wrote. But it nonetheless has to return earlier than the Senate.
So, Swift referred to as on her followers to ask their senators to help the act ― and share their messages on social media with the #lettertomysenator hashtag.
Swift additionally launched a Change.org petition that calls for that “on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.” It had garnered greater than 25,000 signatures by early Saturday morning.
“Politicians need votes to stay in office,” wrote Swift in her observe. “Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change.”
“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,” she added. “The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.”
Swift, who lives in Nashville, additionally shared the letter that she herself had despatched to her personal senator, Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander:
In it, Swift said she personally rejected Trump’s reported declare 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 can’t take the place that one helps a neighborhood, whereas condemning it within the subsequent breath as going in opposition to “conscience” or “parental rights.” That assertion implies that there’s something morally improper with being something aside from heterosexual and cisgender, which is an extremely dangerous message to ship to a nation filled with wholesome and loving households with same-sex, nonbinary or transgender dad and mom, sons or daughters.
Swift broke her political silence in 2018 when she backed Democratic candidates within the midterm elections and inspired her followers to vote. Last month she made a $113,000 donation to the Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBTQ advocacy group.
Trump, in the meantime, faced backlash Friday after he publish a tweet forward of Pride Month that was extensively panned as a consequence of his administration’s repeated makes an attempt to erode LGBTQ rights.
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