Taylor Swift presses support for Equality Act in Pride message
Taylor Swift is renewing her support for the Equality Act in a message marking the beginning of Pride Month.
The “Willow” singer tweeted to her 88.5 million followers on Tuesday:
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 1, 2021
The 31-year-old Grammy Award winner has been a vocal proponent of the legislation, which would extend sweeping protections to gay and transgender people by expanding the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and the Jury Selection and Services Act to include language guaranteeing protections on the basis of gender identity and sexuality.
Swift — who remained politically silent for much of her career before becoming an activist and frequent critic of then-President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterm elections — had championed the bill in her 2019 music video, “You Need to Calm Down.”
She cheered on its passage in the Democratic-controlled House in February, saying at the time she was “praying that the Senate will see trans and lgbtq rights as basic human rights.”
The measure faces an uncertain future in the 50-50 upper chamber.
GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis thanked Swift for her involvement on Tuesday, saying the LGBTQ organization’s just-launched Summer of Equality campaign aimed to “focus on raising the voices of LGBTQ people and allies in key states where critical votes are needed in the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act.”