In Mid-May the House passed the Equality Act, which offers additional protections to LGBTQ Americans. Notably, the vote was split along party lines with on 8 Republicans supporting the bill.
It is currently unknown if the bill would pass through the Republican-led senate. The Equality Act, however, now has a major champion in pop superstar Taylor Swift. The singer created a petition asking senators to support the act and urging her fans to write to their lawmakers.
Swift’s plea read in part, “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.”
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 1, 2019
The singer also encouraged her fans to contact their senators. She told them, “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.”
Interestingly enough, the president did comment on gay rights yesterday. He tweeted, “As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals.”
….on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019
The tweet faced rapid backlash as the Trump administration has moved to limit gay rights in certain cases. This includes a ban against transgender soldiers fighting in the military.