Taylor Swift has hit out at Donald Trump’s “incredibly harmful” stance on LGBTQ equality in an open letter to her state senator urging him to vote in favour of Tennessee’s Equality Act.
The ‘Me!’ singer, 29, said she “personally reject[s]” the US President’s opposition to the bill, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Announcing she had started a petition in support of the legislation, which has already been passed by the Tennessee House of Representatives, Swift wrote: “The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.
“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.”
In her open letter to Senator Lamar Alexander urging him to vote in favour of the bill, the singer added: “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 undermin parental conscience rights.” No.
“One cannot take the position that one supports a community, while condeming it in the next breath as going against ‘conscience’ or ‘parental rights’.
“That statement implies that there is something morally wrong with being anything other heterosexual and cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful message to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, nonbinary or transgender parents, sons or daughters.
Swift’s latest public show of solidarity with the LGBTQ community comes after it was revealed in April that the star had donated over $100,000 to a Tennessee LGBTQ rights organisation fighting anti-gay bills in the state.
The singer also plugged her petition during her set at LA music festival Wango Tango on Saturday (1 June).
Dressed in rainbow outfit, Swift urged the audience to sign the petition as she told them: “It’s wonderful to be spending this particular evening with you because today is the first day of Pride Month.
“You know, a lot of my songs are about love and I just feel like who you love, how you identify – you should be able to live your life the way you want to live your life.
“You should have the same exact rights as everybody else.”