Taylor Swift urges GOP senator to support Equality Act: 'I personally reject the President's stance'
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Pop star Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package Celebrities should steer their star power to get out the youth vote Obama to participate in virtual Stonewall anniversary event MORE penned an open letter to Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE (R-Tenn.) on Saturday calling on him to defend LGBT rights and support the Equality Act.

Swift released the letter early Saturday — the first day of Pride Month — asking for her home-state senator to “please, please think about the lives you could change for the better if you were to vote for the Equality Act in the Senate and prohibit this harsh and unfair discrimination.”

The singer pointed to a recent study that showed more than 64 percent of Tennesseans support laws for LGBT protections against discrimination.

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“To vote against this bill would be to vote against the wishes of most Tennessean and Americans,” Swift wrote.

The Hill has reached out to Alexander's office for comment.

Swift also took a dig at President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE and a statement released by a senior administration official after the passage of the Equality Act in the Democratic-led House in mid-May.

“I personally reject the President’s stance that his administration, ‘supports equal treatment of all,’ but that the Equality Act, ‘in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,’” Swift wrote.

“No. One cannot take the position that one supports a community, while condemning it in the next breath as going against ‘conscience’ or ‘parental rights,’” she continued. “That statement implies that there is something morally wrong with being anything other than heterosexual and cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful message to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, nonbinary or transgender parents, sons or daughters.”

In addition to writing a letter to her senator, Swift launched a Change.org petition calling on the Senate to support the Equality Act. It quickly received more than 31,000 signatures as of Saturday morning.

The House voted for the first time last month to approve legislation banning anti-LGBT discrimination. Every Democrat voted in support of the bill, along with eight Republicans.

The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination in employment, housing, jury selection and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is unlikely Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate Democrats say White House isn't budging in coronavirus relief stalemate MORE (R-Ky.) will bring the measure up for a vote.

Trump is also unlikely to sign the bill should it make it through both chambers, despite his recognition of Pride Month on Friday. 

Swift previously avoided taking political positions, but she broke her silence last year by endorsing former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in the state's Senate race over then-Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump campaign blasts 'phony' Harris after Biden names her VP Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE (R), who won the seat. The singer included support for LGBT rights among her reasons for the endorsement.

The “Bad Blood” singer has been a vocal proponent for the LGBT community and donated $113,000 to an advocacy group working against the “Slate of Hate” in her state legislature.

The Tennessee Equality Project's leader, Chris Sanders, shared Swift's note on Facebook last month. 

"I’m writing you to say that I’m so inspired by the work you do, specifically in organizing the recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders standing up against the 'Slate of Hate' in our state legislature," the musician wrote. "Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them and accept this donation to support the work you and those leaders are doing. I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship."