Taylor Swift Kicked Off Pride Month With A Passionate Speech
"May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to be vulnerable and say how they feel."
Happy Pride Month!
Yep, each year as June rolls around LGBTQ folk celebrate their history, community, and how far we've come since the Stonewall riots in 1969.
Taylor Swift apparently got in the spirit of things at her Chicago show on Saturday as she delivered a speech before performing her song "Delicate".
"It’s very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any sense, in any situation," Swift said to her stadium audience. "But it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love and that you know that, that might be met with adversity from society".
"So this month and every month I want to send out my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about the way they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify.
And this is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we’ve come but we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go.
And I want to send my love and respect out to everybody who in their journey hasn’t yet felt comfortable enough to come out, and may you do that in your own time.
May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to be vulnerable and say how they feel.
When it comes to feelings and when it comes to love and searching for someone to spend your whole life with... it’s all just really really delicate. You know?"
It's one of the rare times that Taylor has really voiced anything veering even slightly political.
The 28-year-old famously keeps her brand devoid of any ideologies that could polarise any of her fans, which brought her under a great deal of criticism during the 2016 presidential election.
Swift has always been a quiet ally for the LGBTQ community, more often than not showing her support through her particular brand of silence. This speech was an out-of-character moment of almost-activism that has really affected many of her fans.
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