Taylor Swift is celebrating gay pride and taking swipes at anti-gay haters.
Last night, Taylor Swift released a new music track called “You Need To Calm Down.” The song takes aim at internet trolls and anti-gay hate while pushing up gay pride and self-love.
“You are somebody that we don’t know
But you’re comin’ at my friends like a missile
Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD? (You could be GLAAD)
Sunshine on the street at the parade
But you would rather be in the dark ages
Makin’ that sign must’ve taken all night”
“You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace
And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate
‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay”
Lately, Taylor Swift has become incredibly vocal in her support of LGBTQ people, rights, and pride. While Swift has always been an ally, and some question whether she is LGBTQ herself, the singer started to aggressively express and enact support last year.
First, Swift penned an open letter through social media to express gay rights in her home state of Tennessee. She then gave $113K to the Tennessee Equality Project to fight anti-LGBTQ legislation in the state. Swift followed that up by writing the below letter to the group’s director Chris Sanders as a show of her appreciation.
If you can’t read the above writing, we have included the message below.
“I’m writing you to say that I’m so inspired by the work you do, specifically in organizing the recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders standing up against the ‘slate of hate’ in our state legislature. Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them and accept this donation to support the work you and these leaders are doing. I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship.”
Swift then gave a “very generous donation” to GLAAD last month. She also wrote another letter, this time to Senator Lamar Alexander on LGBTQ rights.
It seems Taylor Swift is here to stay as a vocal and aggressive supporter of LGBTQ rights and life.