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Taylor Swift calls support for the Equality Act with a heart moving #LetterToMySenator petition

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Taylor Swift calls support for the Equality Act with a heart moving #LetterToMySenator petition

Taylor Swift put on Twitter on June 01 her support to the Equality Act with the hashtag #LetterToMySenator”.

Taylor Swift’s #LetterToMySenator petition

On the tweet was a personal letter Swift addressed to Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, where she is registered to vote. Attached too was a link to a Change.org petition to express her support to the Equality Act.

As of writing, the tweet obtained nearly 102,000 likes and 31,000 Retweets.

The House of Representatives has passed the Equality Act, which gives LGBTQ + persons extended civil rights protection.

The bill outlaws discrimination according to sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation in various areas such as public facilities and accommodation, federal funding, education, employment, credit, housing, and the judicial system.

Taylor Swift calls support for the Equality Act with a heart moving #LetterToMySenator petition

The controversial bill is now under the review of the Republican-dominated Senate where it faces stiff odds.

Vox noted that while a little more than half of the Republican voters back similar laws, a lot are concerned that anti-discrimination laws violate religious rights of people

Swift nonetheless highlighted that more than 60% of Tennessee residents support laws for the protection of LGBTQ +persons people against discrimination.”

In Taylor Swift #LetterToMySenator’ petition, the superstar likewise mentioned the potential impact on the state, including companies not wanting to bring jobs to Tennessee.

Swift noted that there is currently no state-specific protections for LGBTQ+ residents aside from the federal legislation currently under discussion.

Swift’s support to LGBTQ + community

LGBTQ group Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) expressed their gratefulness to Swift with its president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis calling for more allies like Swift to advance their advocacy efforts.

Aside from her financial donation to support the group and its advocacy, GLAAS appreciated her ongoing work to voice out LGBTQ inclusive issues.

This isn’t the first time that the singer was seen active in political matters advancing LGBTQ issues. On Instagram, she urged followers to register to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

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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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She likewise endorsed Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen over Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn.

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