Taylor Swift is making headlines not for a new album this time of year, but for her support of the Equality Act. She wrote a letter to her senator expressing her support and urged her fans to do the same.
What is the Equality Act? It is an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act which passed in the House of Representatives last month. The bill addresses discrimination of LGBTQ+ community members and protects them from being unfairly treated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity when it comes to the housing, public accommodations, and the workplace.
Now that it passed the House of Representatives, it needs to pass the Senate. Swift is all for it, creating a Change.org petition and urging her fans to get Congress to recognize the need in passing the bill.
In a thought-out Instagram post, Swift outlines the reasons it’s so essential for the bill to pass.
“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.”
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🌈HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!🌈 While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.
Signing the petition is only a small step toward the change she’s looking to make. She’s urging her supporters to also write to their senators in support of the Equality Act. In her own letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Swift aptly mentions the hindering effect on the economy when these protections aren’t in place for the LGBTQ+ community. She specifically talks about how big tech companies, like Amazon, are turned off by areas with a “Slate of Hate” — anti-LGBTQ+ bills state legislators have proposed. As a result, these communities lose access to thousands of potential jobs that could revitalize the area.
She’s no stranger to supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Earlier this year, Swift donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, a nonprofit LGBTQ+ advocacy group.