Taylor Swift dropped her newest music video this week for ‘You Need to Calm Down,’ featuring star-studded cameos from everyone from the Queer Eye Fab Five to Ryan Reynolds to RuPaul.
For some, however, the most surprising cameo was a Change.org petition Taylor started herself, urging her fans to call their representatives to pass the Equality Act. The viral petition already has over 210,000+ signatures and is quickly growing.
Last week, one of the Equality Act’s cosponsors in Congress and 2020 Presidential nominee, Senator Cory Booker, shared a response to signers, saying he was “grateful to Taylor Swift for starting the petition,” and thanking her for her leadership.
Taylor’s newly public and political stance has rocked her industry, as this one of the few times she has taken a stance on American politics or legislations, and never with such fervor. Her fans have responded in droves, such as Vaibhav Jain from Washington, D.C., who said: “As a queer man of color and a first generation immigrant, this law will give me protections much like my straight counterparts. Thank you Taylor for standing behind our community and becoming a platform for our collective queer voices :)”