June is Pride Month, and singer Taylor Swift is taking the opportunity to urge her 83.4 million Twitter followers to get political in honor of the occasion.
Swift took to Twitter to share a rainbow-hued letter praising the recent passage of the Equality Act by the House of Representatives. The bill proposes protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination at work, at home, in schools, and elsewhere.
President Trump has said he would not sign off on the legislation, which Swift addressed: "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.'" She also cited widespread support for LGBTQ protections among her fellow Tennesseans.
"Let's show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally," she wrote, including a suggestion that fans write letters to their senators in favor of the Equality Act since the bill must be passed by the Senate in order to have a chance at becoming law.
To that end, she shared a copy of her letter to her own senator, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), as well as a link to a Change.org petition in support of the Equality Act.
Read her letters:
During her set at "iHeartRadio Wango Tango" in Carson, California, Taylor showed her support for Pride Month with a rainbow-hued outfit. Before performing her hit song "Delicate," Taylor told the crowd, "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."
She went on to say, "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?"