The politically and socially outspoken singer Taylor Swift took part in the virtual event of Pride Live’s Stonewall Day on Friday, honoring the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots which helped to revive the modern gay rights movement.
“Stonewall Inn has been such a symbol of rebellion in the face of oppression, and such a safe place for people,” Swift said. She then lauded last week’s Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace, calling it “really good step forward.” but the Grammy winner feels “we still have so far to go.”
“The Equality Act has still not been passed and that needs to happen,” Swift continued. “I got my census the other day and there were two choices for gender: there was male and female. And that erasure was so upsetting, the erasure of transgender and nonbinary people.
“When you don’t collect information on a group of people, that means you have every excuse in the world not to support them. When you don’t collect data on a community, that’s a really, really brutal way of dismissing them. Obviously we all need to exercise our right to vote this year and check our absentee ballot policy in our states, and we need to make sure we elect people who care about all communities.”
This past month, Swift, 30, spoke out on a number of social and political issues. She revealed last week that she would give her staff the day off on Juneteenth (June 19), to celebrate Black Americans’ independence.
The singer “You Need to Calm Down” also expressed her support for replacing monuments depicting “racist historical figures” in her home state of Tennessee, and called on President Donald Trump to “stoking the fires of white supremacy” and threaten violence against protesters from Black Lives Matter.