"This is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we've come, but we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go," Swift said in the speech.
Taylor Swift kicked off the second month of her "Reputation" tour in Chicago Saturday night, and she had a few words to say about inclusion and acceptance as well. June is Pride Month, and so the singer dedicated one of the songs from her new album to the LGBTQ+ community with a powerful speech that touched the hearts of many on Twitter.
She came out wearing a rainbow dress and spoke eloquently about the bravery it takes for many to simply speak their truths in this country and live their lives as they see themselves.
"This is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we've come, but we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go," Swift told the audience of more than 50,000. "May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to be vulnerable and say how they feel."
She also gave a special shout-out to any of those who have not yet felt comfortable enough in their own selves or environment to come out. "May you do that in your own time," she told them. "When it comes to feelings and when it comes to love and searching for someone to spend your whole life with, it's all just really, really delicate." This, of course, set up her performance of the latest single off her "Reputation" album.
Check out the full transcript of her speech below, followed by some of the passionate responses she got on social media.
It's very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any sense, in any situation, but it's even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that that might be met with adversity from society. And so this month and every month I want to send out my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about how they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify. And this is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we've come, but we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go.
And I want to send my love and respect out to everybody who in their journey in their life hasn't yet felt comfortable enough to come out, and may you do that in your own time. May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to be vulnerable and say how they feel. When it comes to feelings and when it comes to love and searching for someone to spend your whole life with, it's all just really, really delicate, you know?
.@taylorswift13 had a speech tonight in Chicago about pride month that damn near made me cry.— David Cook (@davidcookmusic) June 3, 2018
Look it up.
TAYLOR SWIFT REALLY DEDICATED DELICATE TO THE GAYS AND DID A WHOLE SPEECH ABOUT PRIDE MONTH, SHES RAISING MILLIONS FOR THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY pic.twitter.com/oVQhpCLfVG— crystal ☾ | london night 2 (@swiftistrouble) June 3, 2018
anyway i will NEVER get over taylor swift, arguably the biggest pop star in the world, taking several minutes to talk about pride month in front of 52,000 people— casey 🏳️🌈 (@gaysey96) June 3, 2018
Taylor, the words you said last night about pride and having pride in yourself and feeling comfortable about who you are meant so much to me. I’m so happy and you mean so much. You’re amazing! @taylorswift13— Jake Odell (@yOdellehewho24) June 3, 2018
TAYLOR SWIFT DID A WHOLE SPEECH FOR PRIDE AND I ACTUALLY STARTED TEARING UP NGSNGJSFKN— Roan🏳️🌈 (@ParxGhost) June 3, 2018
SHE WAS MY FIRST CRUSH AS A LITTLE KID
When Taylor Swift said "June is pride month" in a rainbow dress. I legit stopped and watched her talk— Jackss (@Suppajayy23) June 3, 2018
When Taylor Swift puts her entire weight behind her LGBT+ fans and shows them love on Pride Month, it would be REALLY AMAZING if some didn't try to twist everything and make it about their invented ship. SMH— ScarletH (@Scarlet_Halo) June 3, 2018
I’m so happy for the pride community within the Taylor Swift fandom tonight ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜— ✨ (@screamingcoIor) June 3, 2018
Emotionally exhausted after virtually attending #repTourChicago night 2! That pride speech, the rain during long live,22, the costumes...my heart can’t take all this 😘 71 days until I get to experience it in person in Tampa 😍!#ToasttoRepTour @taylorswift13 @taylornation13— Kate🐍🌈 (@mintyxfresh) June 3, 2018
That speech was everything @taylorswift13. We have come so far but we still have to farther to go and it’s amazing people like you who stand up and put your support out there! There’s no shame in who you love. Love is love and we love without reason! #pride— Jess🐍 (@_itsjesscaa) June 3, 2018