Taylor Swift calls out anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Pride Month speech

Taylor Swift calls out anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Pride Month speech

Taylor Swift reminded her LGBTQ+ fans that her shows are a ‘safe space’ (Picture: AP)

Taylor Swift kicked off Pride Month with a message of support for the LGBTQ+ community, using her massive platform to call out anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

The 33-year-old musician was speaking during the Chicago, Illinois stop of her Eras Tour, when she assured her fans that her concerts are a ‘safe space’ for everyone.

Sitting at her piano ahead of singing fan favourite Champagne Problems, the Grammy winner earned deafening screams from the thousands-strong crowd as she said: ‘First things first, happy Pride Month, everyone!’

Taylor went on: ‘I’m looking out tonight, I’m seeing so many incredible individuals who are living authentically and beautifully, and this is a safe space.

‘This is a celebratory space for you. One of the things that makes me feel so prideful is getting to be with you and watching you interact with each other, being so loving and so thoughtful and so caring.’

She then noted some of her own song lyrics: ‘Being with you during Pride Month, getting to sing the words to You Need To Calm Down where there are lyrics like, “Can you just not step on his gown?” or, “Shade never made anybody less gay,” and you guys are screaming those lyrics.

Talking on stage at her Eras Tour, the singer praised her fans for being so supportive of one another (Picture: Kevin Mazur/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

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‘Such solidarity. Such support of one another and such encouraging, beautiful acceptance and peace and safety. And I wish that every place was safe and beautiful for people of the LGBTQ+ community.’

However, the Anti-Hero hitmaker also wanted to address the fact that the queer community is under threat.

She urged Swifties to think carefully about their votes in the US midterm elections.

‘We can’t talk about Pride without talking about pain.

‘Right now and recently there have been so many harmful pieces of legislation that have put people in the LGBTQ+ and queer community at risk.

Taylor urged her fans to think carefully about the politicians they vote for (Picture: John Salangsang/REX/Shutterstock)

‘It’s painful for everyone. Every ally. Every loved one. Every person in these communities.’

‘And that’s why I’m always posting, “This is when the midterms are. This is when these important key primaries are”.’

Encouraging her fans to question the motivations of certain politicians, she said: ‘Are they actually advocates? Are they allies? Are they protectors of equality? Do I want to vote for them?’

Indeed, being LGBTQ+ isn’t all sunshine and rainbows at the moment, especially in the States.

Since the beginning of 2023, at least 32 bills have been filed in various States, including Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas targeting drag performances in an attempt to ban drag queens and kings from public settings.

In You Need To Calm Down, she famously sings: ‘Shade never made anybody less gay’ (Picture: Taylor Swift/YouTube)

Recently, such a ban was declared unconstitutional in Tennessee by a federal judge.

There have also been attacks on transgender athletes and attempts to ban any sort of LGBTQ+ books from schools.

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Meanwhile, Taylor has faced criticism in the past – from her own fans – for not speaking out politically.

However, that changed in 2020 when she released her Netflix film, Miss Americana, and found the courage to use her voice, despite resistance from her management team, speaking out against the hateful policies in Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign.

Taylor is said to be dating Matty Healy – but not all Swifties are happy, given his history with being controversial (Picture: Backgrid)

In 2019, she also launched a petition in support of the Equality Act, which protects civil rights of LGBTQ+ people, and garnered over 500,000 signatures.

Although, Taylor has come under fire recently for her rumoured relationship with The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, 34, who has a history of scandals and controversial remarks.

While neither Taylor nor Matty has confirmed or denied a romance, Taylor did tell her fans that she’s ‘never been this happy’ in ‘all’ aspects of her life, and they’ve also been spotted cuddling and kissing on dates.

Her rumoured relationship with the Robbers singer comes after Taylor’s split from Joe Alwyn, 32, with the relationship being said to have run its course after six years of dating.

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  • June 3, 2023