The "ME!" singer kicked off Pride Month with an open letter to her own senator, as well as a Change.org petition and a rainbow-clad call for action at Wango Tango.
Taylor Swift continues her aggressive push into political activism, this time calling for her followers to pen letters to their senators in support of the LGBTQ Equality Act ... and it's working.
The "ME!" singer kicked off Pride Month with an open letter written to her own senator from the state of Tennessee, as well as a rainbow ensemble for her Wango Tango concert appearance. While on-stage, she brought attention to a Change.org petition she created to put pressure on senators to pass the Equality Act. The bill has already passed the House.
"It's wonderful to be spending this particular evening with you because today is the first day of Pride Month!" Swift told the Wango Tango crowd. "A lot of my songs are about love, and [no matter] who you love, how you identify, you should be able to live your life however you want to live your life, and you should have the same exact rights as everybody else."
Swift's petition was launched two days ago with a stated goal of 150,000 signatures. At the time of this writing, she is more than halfway to her goal with nearly 85,000 signatures.
The Equality Act assures civil rights to the LGBTQ community in employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and more by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
While Swift's petition seeks to put pressure on the Senate by showing how many voices are in favor of the Equality Act, it's her push for actual letters to be written that's even more remarkable.
One of the most challenging things in this country is to get young people involved in politics. They have all the passion in the world about the issues and their leaders, but they rarely show up at the polls in significant enough numbers to have their voices be truly represented.
Thus, it's remarkable how many people Swift has encouraged to put pen to paper -- or fingers to keyboard -- and write a personal letter to their own state senators urging them to pass the Equality Act. While the bill passed the Democratic-led House of Representatives, it is expected to face strong opposition in a Republican-led Senate.
Swift is hoping that her open letter, petition and call for action among her followers is enough to make a difference and have them hear the will of the people. Check out some of the enthusiastic responses she got to her letter below, as well as some of the letters she inspired her fans to write:
In honor or PRIDE MONTH🌈 I have followed @taylorswift13 in writing a letter to my Senator explaining the need for protection for LGBTQ individuals. It's a small thing we can all do to support our fellow brothers and sisters. I encourage you all to join us!!! #lettertomysenator pic.twitter.com/ZwTWzkXNRh
Thank U Taylor 4 using your voice & supporting the LGBTQ 🏳️🌈 community & INSPIRING us 2 make a POSITIVE MOVE toward CHANGE by using our VOICES on IMPORTANT ISSUES impacting our nation 2DAY❣️Thank U 4 INSPIRING me 2 write letters 2 my GA Senators❣️@taylorswift13 #lettertomysenator pic.twitter.com/gSCFXNtXRX
Happy Pride Month! Today I wrote a letter to my senator to pass the Equality Act. This Act will prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and a lot more. I encourage you all to also write a letter. #lettertomysenator pic.twitter.com/u7XYvk41R0