It was a busy Friday for Taylor Swift. First, she dropped her new Pride month single that protests homophobia. Then, she made a surprise appearance at the legendary Stonewall Inn in New York City.
The new song, which is from her newest album “Lover,” is called “You Need To Calm Down.” The song criticizes homophobia and name checks GLAAD, an LGBTQ advocacy organization. “Sunshine on the street at the parade / But you would rather be in the dark ages / Makin’ that sign must’ve taken all night,” read some of the lyrics from the new single. Later in the song, she sings, “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.”
Following the song drop, Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance during Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s show at Stonewall. On stage, Swift performed her classic hit “Shake It Off.”
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 (he/him/his) (@jessetyler) June 15, 2019
Swift told the crowd that it was “an absolute honor” to be at the Stonewall Inn and wished everyone a happy pride month. Swift’s new single and her performance at the Stonewall Inn come on the heels of an open letter she wrote to the Republican Senator in Tennessee, urging him to support the Equality Act—which would increase anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people—and criticizing discrimination by the administration.
In the letter, she said, “for American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my opinion is un-American and cruel.” She also called out President Trump for saying that he wouldn’t support some of the Equality Act’s provisions, arguing that he implied “there is something morally wrong with you being anything other than heterosexual or cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful letter to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, non-binary or transgender parents, sons or daughters.”