Taylor Swift Campaigns for Passage of Pro-LGBTQ Equality Act: ‘I Reject the President’s Stance’

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 01: Taylor Swift attends the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Pop megastar Taylor Swift ramped up her charged attacks on President Donald Trump as part of a campaign to lobby U.S. Senators to support the Equality Act.

The “Shake It Off” singer celebrated Pride Month in a lengthy Instagram message, by launching a petition demanding “on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally,” and with a letter to her Republican Senator in Tennessee Lamar Alexander.

Using her enormous social platform, the platinum-selling crooner applied pressure to politicians who “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,” Taylor Swift said. “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 U.S. House has passed its version of the Equality Act, which Taylor Swift said is “filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”

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🌈HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!🌈 While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. 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. 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. 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. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.

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In her letter to Senator Alexander, the Grammy-winner said “I personally reject the President’s stance that his administration ‘supports equal treatment of all.’”

President Trump on Friday celebrated Pride Month (which began on Saturday) and doubled down on his declaration that the international community decriminalizes homosexuality in countries where it is currently illegal.

“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals,” President Trump said. “[…] on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!”

Despite being attacked by the political left and some LGBTQ activists, President Trump has consistently supported the community as a candidate and as President.

In February, the Trump administration launched a worldwide campaign to decriminalize homosexuality. The initiative is being spearheaded by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, whom Trump nominated for the post and who is among the highest-ranking openly gay officials ever to serve in the U.S. government.

Swift had long-avoided political campaigning but lobbed smears at Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and endorsed Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen during the midterm elections. Blackburn easily defeated Bredesen, despite Swift’s support.

The “Reputation” singer announced this week that she plans to get “political” on her upcoming album.

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