Taylor Swift Among Stars Marking Pride Month

Taylor Swift is among the music stars who kicked off Pride Month this past weekend with messages of support.

“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,” she said on stage at the iHeartRadio Wango Tango. “You should have the same exact rights as everybody else.”

Swift reminded the crowd of a petition she started in support of the Equality Act which is set to go before the U.S. Senate. It provides protections against discrimination of LGBT people in employment, housing, education and public services.

“If you sign it, it would really mean a lot to me,” said Swift, "because I think we need to stick up for each other, we need to stand together. Don't you?” 

Swift's "ME!" collaborator Brendon Urie appeared on the Wango Tango stage wearing a Pride-themed T-shirt.

Earlier, the pop star shared on Instagram an open letter to a Tennessee senator urging him to support the legislation.

“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,” Swift explained in a caption. “The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.”

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๐ŸŒˆHAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!๐ŸŒˆ 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. Iโ€™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. Iโ€™ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While thereโ€™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. Thatโ€™s why Iโ€™ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our countryโ€™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. Letโ€™s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.

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Mariah Carey celebrated the start of Pride with a tweet that read: “Happy Pride Month!!!! Love always to all my friends in the LGBTQ+ community!” She included a link to her Pride-themed merchandise and included the hashtag “#LoveIsLove.”

Katy Perry took to social media to say “Happy Pride Month, my angels! Let us never stop lifting each other up. I see you, and I love you.” She included heart emojis in the rainbow colours, as did Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. “Happy Pride Month,” he wrote. “Always trying to be a better ally and advocate. Much love.”

Dua Lipa combined hearts and rainbow flags in a tweet that read: “HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! LIVE LIFE BY YOUR OWN RULES, LOVE HARDER THAN EVER AND BE YOUR MOST UNAPOLOGETIC SELF. WAVE THAT FLAG EVERY DAMN DAY OF THE YEAR.”

Camila Cabello shared an image of a rainbow-coloured test-pattern with the words “keep on kissing.” She shared: “HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! love is the most beautiful and natural thing in the world! you should be free to kiss and love whoever you want without judgement! It’s been years and years of BS, but we are all just humans who love other humans. this month means celebrating moving forward!!!”

Singer Melissa Etheridge tweeted: “Happy #PRIDE month! Be Strong. Speak True. Choose only love.”

Early Monday, Madonna announced she will perform at Pride Island in New York City on June 30.