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Taylor Swift Kicks Off Pride Month: 'I Reject the President's Stance'


The pop star launched a petition on Friday night in support of the Equality Act.

Taylor Swift did not waste any time as the world officially entered Pride Month this morning.

The pop star used the first few moments of the month to announce a petition urging the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to pass the historic Equality Act, which passed the House just last month.

"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," Swift wrote in the petition on

Within less than an hour, the petition had gained nearly 10,000 signatures and currently sits at 32,000, at the time of reporting.

Swift urged her followers to write letters to their senators demanding that the legislation be passed immediately, and even attached a copy of her own letter that she'd already sent to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican.

The singer characterized the lack of protection for LGBTQ people currently as "un-American and cruel" and said no one should be able to be discriminated against for "who they love or how they identify."

She also went on to directly attack President Donald Trump.

"I personally reject the President's stance that his administration 'supports equal treatment of all' but that the Equality Act 'in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.' No," the singer wrote.

"One cannot take the position that one supports a community while condemning it in the next breath as going against 'conscience' or 'parental rights.' That statement implies that there is something wrong with being anything other than heterosexual and cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful message to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, non binary or transgender parents, sons or daughters," she continued.

Swift released her letter and petition just hours after Trump's Twitter account came out in support of Pride Month without acknowledging that the administration has already launched over 110 attacks LGBTQ people while in office, by GLAAD's count.

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