During the first week of pride month, Taylor Swift expressed solidarity with LGBT people and causes in a stop in Chicago on her current tour.
The pop and country star has mostly stayed out of politics, though she has made limited political endorsements that indicate she aligns with Democrats, including an endorsement of failed Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen in the 2018 race in Tennessee.
Swift referenced lyrics from her songs that reference gay people, including lyrics from her song ‘You Need to Calm Down’ where fans sung along to a line saying ‘Shade never made anybody less gay’.
She also railed against legislation that supposedly brings ‘pain to the LGBT community.
“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 It’s painful for everyone.” She said.
She went on to say that people should ask politicians if they are ‘allies’ of the LGBT community and ‘protectors of equality’.
Swift has also endorsed gun control in the past, sharing a logo from the ‘March for our Lives’ organization in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.
She further condemned Republican politicians and conservatives by claiming that gay people being kicked out of restaurants for ‘who they love’ and disguising it as ‘family values’ is immoral. She did not cite a specific instance of this happening.
The Daily Mail Reports–
Taylor Swift speaks out against anti-queer legislation during Pride Month speech at the Eras Tour:
“We can’t talk about Pride Month without talking about pain. There have been so many harmful pieces of legislation that have put people in the LGBTQ and Queer community at risk.” pic.twitter.com/SzUsPdL80b
— Pop Base (@PopBase) June 3, 2023
Taylor Swift expressed solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community at the Chicago, Illinois stop of her Eras Tour.
The 33-year-old – who stepped out in New York City this week – took a moment to speak directly to the crowd and make a statement about politics with Pride Month in mind.
Wearing a sleeveless orange dress and seated at her piano, the hitmaker said, ‘I’m looking out tonight, I’m seeing so many incredible individuals who are living authentically and beautifully, and this is a safe space.’
She emphasized, ‘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.’