Taylor Swift celebrated Pride Month by reaching out to a Tennessee senator and adding her support to legislation that seeks to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community.

In a passionate open letter, the 29-year-old singer addressed Lamar Alexander regarding the Equality Act – which seeks to outlaw discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation or gender identity across employment, housing, education and more. The resolution has passed in the House, but still needs to go before the Senate, and Swift wrote to Alexander stressing Tennessee’s track record of electing politicians who work against the interests of its LGBTQ citizens and how he can make a change for the better.

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“For American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my opinion, is un-American and cruel,” she said. “I know there are those who say this disrupts their religious freedom, but there are hundreds of Tennessee faith leaders who have recently (and very vocally) disagreed and spoken out to defend the LGBTQ community.” The Grammy winner’s letter follows her April donation of $113,000 to Tennessee’s Equality Project, that fights against discriminatory legislation in the state and advocates for its local LGBTQ groups. Read the whole message below.

 

 

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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.

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