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At the Chicago show of her Eras tour, Taylor Swift took a moment to emphasize her support, as well as opposition amid America’s continued expansion of anti-LGBTQ laws, regulations, and discrimination.
“We can’t talk about pride month without talking about pain”, Swift said. Denoting the “pain” as a direct result of new anti-LGBT legislation that puts queer identifying people at higher risk within society.
“I wish that every place was safe and beautiful for people in the LGBTQ community,” she added.
Swift made the speech immediately after her performance of “You Need To Calm Down”. The song contains pro-LGBT and equality lyrics as well as a music video with several queer celebrity cameos including Ru Paul, Katy Perry, Laverne Cox, and more.
Her show-stopping announcement dove deeper into the political world as she reminded her fans the power of voting.
“That’s why I’m always posting, ‘This is when the midterms are’ and ‘This is when these important key primaries are,’” she shared. Swift urged fans to ask questions as they approach the ballot box like “Are they advocates? Are they allies? Are they protectors of equality? Do I want to vote for them?”
Taylor initially began expressing her political opinions back in 2018, when she publicly endorsed Tennessee Democrats Phil Bresden and Jim Cooper. In 2019, Swift held a surprise performance at the historical LGBT landmark, Stonewall Inn.
“I love you guys and Happy Pride Month”, she said concluding her speech.
Listen to the full message below.