In case you somehow missed it, Taylor Swift is doing Pride Month right. On Friday, June 14, the 29-year-old “You Need to Calm Down” singer stepped out for a surprise appearance at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. During Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s cabaret show at the historic landmark (which is known as the site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights), Swift performed her song “Shake it Off” for the attendees. The Stonewall Inn is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Ferguson jumped onstage with Swift after she said, “I heard this is Jesse’s favorite song to do at karaoke — which is an incredible rumor, I really want to believe it’s true.” She then laughed, turned to him and said, “So if there’s anything you feel like you want to jump in on, a part that you’re really good at, just sing, dance and be yourself — this is a really safe space!”
#BREAKING – Taylor Swift makes a surprise appearance to sing “Shake It Off” during Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s cabaret show at The Stonewall Inn! @taylorswift13 #TaylorSwift #YouNeedToCalmDowm #Lover #PrideMonth pic.twitter.com/TiriVhq0O1
— Charles A. O'Keefe (@CharlesAOKeefe) June 15, 2019
Swift’s appearance at Stonewall came less than 24 hours after she released her brand new single, “You Need to Calm Down,” which is a song that specifically mentions GLAAD and the LGBTQ community. Anthony Ramos, the director of talent engagement at GLAAD, praised the song: “Taylor Swift is one of the world’s biggest pop stars. The fact that she continues to use her platform and music to support the LGBTQ community and the Equality Act is a true sign of being an ally. ‘You Need to Calm Down’ is the perfect Pride anthem, and we’re thrilled to see Taylor standing with the LGBTQ community to promote inclusivity, equality, and acceptance this Pride month.”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson also shared his sentiments about his friend on Twitter.
I’m so happy I don’t have to keep this secret any longer. Look who came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall at the Stonewall Inn. @taylorswift13, you are a gem. Thank you for everything you do for the LGBTQ community. We ❤️ you! 🌈 https://t.co/ICE2b3arxU
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 15, 2019
Swift kicked off Pride Month by sharing a letter she wrote to her Senator, urging him to support the Equality Act. She subsequently created a petition, asking her fans to sign it in support of the Equality Act.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 1, 2019
Her actions this month have clearly solidified the starlet as an LGBTQ supporter and ally, and we’re living for her message of love and acceptance for all.
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