Taylor Swift Pens Pride Letter to Tennessee Senator, Urges LGBTQ Protections
"Please, please think about the lives you could change for the better if you were to vote to support the Equality Act in the Senate and prohibit this harsh and unfair discrimination," wrote the singer-songwriter in the letter.
Ahead of Pride Month in June, Taylor Swift wrote a letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, from her home state of Tennessee, urging him to consider increased protections for the LGBTQ community and to support the Equality Act. She posted the letter Friday night on Twitter.
"I'm writing to you today in anticipation of a very important vote coming up," the singer-songwriter wrote. "As you know, the House just passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace, in their homes and in schools. For American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my opinion is un-American and cruel."
She went on to write, "[T]he refusal in our own state's Legislature to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination has the serious potential to cripple us from bringing new jobs to Tennessee." Swift acknowledged the numerous companies who have signed open letters to Tennessee lawmakers opposing the anti-LGBTQ "Slate of Hate" legislature that poses great risks.
"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 determine parental and conscience rights,'" she asserted.
Swift continued, "No. One cannot take the position that one supports a community, while condemning it in the next breath as going against 'conscience' or 'parental rights.' That statement implies that there is something morally wrong with you being anything other than heterosexual or cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful letter to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, non-binary or transgender parents, sons or daughters."
The singer and activist concluded the letter, "Please, please think about the lives you could change for the better if you were to vote to support the Equality Act in the Senate and prohibit this harsh and unfair discrimination."
Exhibiting full support, Swift made a donation to the GLAAD advocacy group, of which she has been a longtime supporter.
"Taylor Swift continues to use her platform to speak out against discrimination and create a world where everyone can live the life they love," said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis. "GLAAD is so thankful for her donation to support our advocacy efforts and for her ongoing work to speak out for what is fair, just, and LGBTQ inclusive."
Elllis concluded her statement: "In today's divisive political and cultural climate, we need more allies like Taylor, who send positive and uplifting messages to LGBTQ people everywhere."
Read the full letter from Swift below.