Taylor Swift releases song and petition calling for LGBTQ equality

Bessie Dean
June 18, 2019

"You Need to Calm Down", was released last Friday and is from Swift's forthcoming new album, "Lover", which will be out on August 23.

Early Monday morning, June 17, 2019, Taylor Swift dropped the official video for her new single "You Need to Calm Down". And boy, has she delivered.

Pop singer and songwriter Taylor Swift on Monday released a star-studded music video that scolded social media trolls and urged fans to sign a petition demanding USA legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people.

However, the moment surprising fans the most is when Katy Perry appears and the two singers hug, publicly ending their famous feud.

"You know, she and I have been fine for a while and really on good terms but we didn't know if we were ever gonna really tell people about it".

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Watch the full video for "You Need to Calm Down" below. They're dressed as Taylor, Ariana Grande (Tatianna), Adele (Delta Work), Nicki Minaj (A'keria Davenport), Lady Gaga (Trinity The Tuck), Katy Perry (Adore Delano), Beyoncé (Riley Knoxx) and Cardi B (Trinity K. Bonet).

"Let's show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally", it said. Also included in the video are all of the Queer Eye fab five, "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler-Ferguson, Ciara, RuPaul, Billy Porter, Todrick Hall and Hayley Kiyoko.

The LGBTQ anthem, which takes aim at online trolling and misogyny, has rocketed straight to the top of the USA iTunes chart. Her video ends with yet another call to support the Equality Act, a cause she's been championing hardcore for the last few weeks.

This month, New York City is hosting World Pride, which will celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall riots.

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