“We can’t talk about pride without talking about pain”: Taylor Swift Finally Speaks Out Against Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation in America

"We can't talk about pride without talking about pain": Taylor Swift Finally Speaks Out Against Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation in America

Taylor Swift’s fame is remarkably engrossing. The singer has remained in the pop-cultural space as a cultural figure for quite a while now with her hits skyrocketing one after another. The singer has dominated the industry with her splendid pop lyrics,  catchy tunes, and mesmerizing voice.

Taylor Swift in her Eras tour
Taylor Swift in her Eras tour

Making her debut with her self-titled 2006 album Taylor Swift, the singer has given several hits over the years. Her Love Story, Blank Space, Shake It Off, Back to December, and All Too Well remained some of the most favorite songs among the fans, even after years of their release. Beyond her musical arena, the singer has recently opened up about the ongoing anti-queer legislation in the US.

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Taylor Swift Condemned Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

At her Eras Tour on June 2, Taylor Swift celebrated pride month and condemned the Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation in an astounding speech. 

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“We can’t talk about Pride without talking about pain. Right now and recently there have been so many harmful pieces of legislation that have put people in the LGBTQ+ and queer community at risk. It’s painful for everyone. Every ally. Every loved one. Every person in these communities,” Swift said.

Further, the Bad Blood singer criticized the political faces of Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation and urged the fans to hold lawmakers accountable. 

“And that’s why I’m always posting, ‘This is when the midterms are. This is when these important key primaries are.’ We can support as much as we want during Pride Month, but if we’re not doing our research on these elected officials, are they actually advocates? Are they allies? Are they protectors of equality? Do I want to vote for them?” she continued in her speech.

The singer also applauds “so many incredible individuals who are living authentically and beautifully” adding that “this is a safe space for you.” Swift’s gesture was appreciated by many fans for standing up for the LGBTQ+ community and advocating against the “harmful” legislation. 

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Taylor Swift’s Solidarity With LGBTQ+ With You Need to Calm Down

Taylor Swift in You Need to Calm Down music video
Taylor Swift in You Need to Calm Down music video

In 2019, Swift released her album Lover where the homophobia-bashing song You Need to Calm Down made quite a bang. However, earlier, the singer was heavily criticized for not joining the political debate. Even during the 2016 US presidential election campaign, the singer’s stance was being questioned by the community. However, later, the Anit-Hero singer was found to be advocating for LGBTQ+ rights.

“I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of,” Swift told Vogue remarking how the “rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male.” 

Swift’s You Need to Calm Down has posed as a landmark for her advocacy for the community. Indeed, the vibrant music video featured some queer celebrities. Also at the end of it, there was a direct plea for her fans to sign a petition in support of the Equality Act. The act was all in favor of protecting LGBTQ people from all sorts of discrimination in the social space. But for some, Swift’s sudden shift from utter silence to newfound advocacy for the community was a subject of criticism, accusing the singer of “queerbaiting” under the veil of performative allyship.

But Swift admitted to being devastated for not being vocal about gay rights earlier. It was when her friend and fellow singer Todrick Hall made the 33-year-old realize the essence of the matter.

“Maybe a year or two ago, Todrick and I are in the car, and he asked me, ‘What would you do if your son was gay?’” Swift recalled.

“If he was thinking that, I can’t imagine what my fans in the LGBTQ community might be thinking,” she continued.

Following the little conversation with Todrick Hall, Swift has been quite vocal about LGBTQ+ rights advocating the celebration of equal space in both political and cultural spaces.

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Written by Lachit Roy

Lachit Roy is a science and entertainment news writer with a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tezpur University. He has covered various science articles on thepriornews.com and is very enthusiastic about writing entertainment news and trends. Being a movie buff, he is keen on possessing knowledge of the world of cinema and is very fond of bringing the news of the entertainment world to the global fandom. When not writing, he would spend most of his time watching movies or series, sometimes gardening but mostly acquiring knowledge of the beats of his interest.