Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift kickstarted National Pride Month on Saturday by sharing a letter she wrote out to her U.S. Senator, Republican Lamar Alexander.
Swift shared the letter over Twitter, accompanied by a change.org petition, asking the senator to support the Equality Act.
The Equality Act “would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally,” Swift captioned the post, which was also shared on her Instagram account.
“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,” Swift wrote.
She continued: “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.”
“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.” Swift also launched the hashtag #lettertomysenator, which the singer pledged to monitor.
“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.”
In the actual letter, the Rolling Stone reports Swift argued some major companies could decide not to do business in the state should it fail to pass the legislation:
In the letter to Alexander, Swift first praised the senator for co-sponsoring a resolution that would celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment – which gave women the right to vote – before warning that Tennessee’s anti-LGBTQ “Slate of Hate” would continue to scare off major corporations like Amazon, Nike and more.
Senator Alexander did not yet respond to the letter as he reportedly spent the last couple days in the hospital. The Tennessean reports:
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander is recovering from surgery in Nashville on Wednesday.
Alexander underwent surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on his left leg, according to a release from the senator’s office.
The medical team removed an atypical lipoma from Alexander’s leg.
At the time of publication, over 80,500 people had signed the petition.