Taylor Swift has been vocal on many social issues troubling and in deep contentious debate during her career, and she has made the lengths on Friday to speak out about justice for the LGBT community. In the Pride Live’s Stonewall Day live-streaming event, she spoke on the occasion which is a commemoration of 1969 Stonewall uprising, which has been symbolized as the onset for the gay rights civil disobedience movement.
She praised the U.S Supreme Court’s ruling last week that protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination, pushed for the passage of the Equality Act, and blasted the 2020 U.S. Census for excluding transgender and nonbinary people.
‘I wanted to say happy Pride Month.The Stonewall Inn has been such a symbol of rebellion in the face of oppression and such a safe place for people,’ she began in her message.
I want to say thank you to everybody who works there; everybody who has worked there; everybody who’s made it the place that it is.’ From there, Swift’s activist side shined through as she addressed issues true to her heart.
In a nod of approval, the Lover star referenced the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this month that the 1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
‘We had a really good step forward recently with the Supreme Court ruling based on discrimination, based on sex, but we still have so far to go in terms of equality and protections for LGBTQ people and people in the trans community,’ she noted.
Despite her approval, the Tennessee native took the push for equal rights a step farther by pointing out that the Equality Act [H.R. 5- 116th Congress] has still not been passed and emphasized that it ‘needs to happen. ’
Another issue of contention the singer targeted was the 2020 U.
S.Census: ‘I got my Census the other day and there were two choices for gender. There was male and female and that erasure was so upsetting to me, the erasure of transgender and nonbinary people,’ she explained. ‘When you don’t collect information on a group of people, that means that you have every excuse in the world not to support them.
When you don’t collect data on a community, that’s a really, really brutal way of dismissing them.’
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