Taylor Swift welcomed Pride Month in the best way possible, with a heartfelt speech during the Chicago stop of her Eras Tour on Friday night. The pop star expressed her love and appreciation for her LGBTQIA+ fans, calling the concert venue a “safe space” for all. Swift added that she feels immense pride when she sees her fans live authentically and beautifully.
Swift’s Support for the LGBTQIA+ Community
Swift’s support for the LGBTQIA+ community is not new. In 2018, she publicly supported the community and people of color for the first time. She endorsed Phil Bredesen for the US Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives during the midterm elections on social media. The singer has also been vocal about her support for the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination in the workplace, home, and school. Swift donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, an organization that advocates for the equal rights of LGBTQIA+ people in Tennessee.
Swift’s Call to Action
During her speech, Swift urged her fans to vote in local elections and stand with the LGBTQIA+ community beyond the month of June. She asked her fans to research elected officials and check if they are advocates, allies, and protectors of equality.
Swift’s Passion for Equality and Equity
Swift’s passion for equality and equity is evident in her actions. Her message of love and acceptance during the Pride Month concert is a reminder of the importance of creating safe spaces for all. Her support for the Equality Act and the Tennessee Equality Project shows her commitment to advocating for the equal rights of LGBTQIA+ people. Swift’s call to action is a reminder that allyship requires more than performative support during Pride Month but rather a continuous effort to stand with the LGBTQIA+ community.