Taylor Swift took his piano to Chicago on Friday night to speak out against government anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation. June 2 marked the second day of Pride Month.
The 33-year-old ‘cowboy like me’ singer’s speech is particularly poignant this Pride month; The ACLU is tracking the progress of nearly 500 bills from US lawmakers targeting LGBTQ rights.
Swift’s speech last night is not the first time she has used her platform to slam US lawmakers and their agendas.
“Swifties” will likely remember her heated conversation with her team, included in the 2020 Netflix documentary “Miss. Americana,” in which she tearfully explains why she felt it was important to use her platform to speak out. the actions of lawmakers at the time; Donald Trump was president at the time and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn’s seat in the Senate was up. Blackburn would eventually keep her seat.
Before we dig into Swift’s impassioned speech last night, let’s take a look back at her notable political endorsement.
Swift took to Instagram to explain her reasons for voting against a notable Tennessee lawmaker
In October 2018, Swift posted a sepia-toned Polaroid to Instagram, and in the caption she explained why Blackburn wouldn’t win her vote.
In a lengthy letter to her fans, she wrote, “…In the past, I have been hesitant to publicly express my political views, but due to several events in my life and in the world over the past two years, I I feel very differently. about it now. I will always vote for the candidate who will protect and fight for the human rights that I believe we deserve in this country. I believe in fighting for LGBTQ rights, and any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is FALSE. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and widespread…”
Swift would explain a bit of background to Marsha Blackburn and her policies.
“…As much as I have done in the past and would love to continue voting for women in power, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. His congressional voting record appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, harassment and rape,” the “Coney Island” singer continued. have the right to refuse to serve gay couples. She also thinks they shouldn’t be allowed to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values…”
Swift also wrote an open letter to Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander a year later.
In the summer of 2019, Swift wrote an open letter to Lamar Alexander (R) of Tennessee, persuading him to vote for the Equality Act. This law would protect LGBTQ rights in the workplace.
According to our report, Swift wrote, “For American citizens to be denied jobs and housing based on who they like or how they identify, in my view, is un-American and cruel.”
The “Hits Different” singer would also end her letter by persuading Alexander to think about the consequences of his vote.
Swift commemorated Pride Month during her show in Chicago on June 2
🏳️🌈| Taylor Swift talks #PrideMonth
— “Happy Pride Month everyone! (…) This is a safe space for you, this is a party space for you! I want every place to be safe and beautiful for members of the LGBTQ community. # ChicagoTSTheErasTour
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) June 3, 2023
Taking a moment to address thousands of Swifties in the Chicago audience, Swift assured her LGBTQIA+ participants of their worth and expressed the validity of their existence.
She told the audience, “I look out tonight, I see so many incredible individuals living authentically and beautifully, and this is a safe space for you. This is a party space for you.
The “Lover” singer continued, “One of the things that makes me so proud is being with you, watching you interact with each other, and being so caring and caring…”
Swift also saluted the audience’s allies, expressing her joy at their support, unusually while performing “You Need To Calm Down” in 2019.
“You shout these words in such solidarity, in such support for each other, in such encouragement, a beautiful, an acceptance, a peace and a security. And I wish every place to be beautiful and safe for beauty people from the LGBTQ community…,” she continued. (per TODAY)