Taylor Swift, a known ally who famously threw the first brick at Stonewall, has lent her support to a proposed law that would extend civil rights protections to and expand the constitutional rights of LGBTQ people in the United States.
The Equality Act, which recently passed through the House of Representatives, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, has yet to pick it up.
In a letter posted to Instagram for the start of Pride Month, Taylor Swift urged her followers to sign a Change.Org petition for the Senate to support the Act.
“While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally,” she wrote in the caption, adding:
“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.”
She has urged followers to write letters to their Senators, and in a letter of her own, she implores Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to support the bill, in order to prevent “harsh and unfair discrimination” and ensure that jobs come to the state.
You can read the entire thing below: