Taylor Swift kicked off Pride Month on Saturday by asking the Tennessee Republican senator Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act.
Swift, living in the state since the state of her career at the age of 14 and finally coming out in support of Democrats late last year (Blog 8th Oct. 2018), posting the sent letter on Instagram advocating the extension of civil rights The Equality Act protections to LGBTQ people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity:
“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic.
“The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.”
The Equality Act applies to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas and extends protection on the basis of race, sex, disability and religion, but although the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the legislation in mid-May with every Democrat voting in favor along with eight Republicans, the Republican-controlled Senate has not picked up the bill.
Swift’s appeal is not likely to sway Alexander, who, according to the Human Rights Campaign advocacy group, has a 0% voting record on LGBTQ interests.
And despite presidential face and hair of America Orange Don tweeting asking Americans to “celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions that LGBTQ people have made to our great nation” his administration’s record on LGBTQ rights paints it as yet more saying rather than doing.
Updated 3rd June 2019
And to remind that the British populism which was Cambridge Analytica’s blueprint for allowing Orange Don to be elected (theguardian.com, Mar. 2018) is invariably just as bigoted:
Ann Widdecombe has been accused of stirring up “poisonous bigotry” by fellow politicians following a controversial TV interview where she said that science could one day explain homosexuality.
The historic remarks on gay conversion therapy over which she was questioned which she then tried to justify on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday reminding that Brexit isn’t really just about leaving the European Union and getting rid of Johnny Euro Foreigner but indeed setting the British clock back to when that sort of thing was only acceptable in John Inman’s camp sketches on Are You Being Served or Kenneth Williams in Round the Horne on the good ol’ wireless when you could leave your your back door open without undue worry.
For sure, I can imagine some undoubtedly have “an answer” they may like tell her.
How long until Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage dismisses the 71-year-old former Tory member of House of Commons and the Conservative Christian Fellowship who came out of retirement to join Farage’s Brexit Party last month always opposed LGBT rights along with abortion as a “Tory extremist” like Kipper councillor David Silvester who claimed that Blighty’s flooding was God’s punishment for the legalisation of gay marriage (standard, Jan. 2014), with Mirage Farage finding it as necessary as ever, albeit with a different colour rosette, to build his pop-up pound shop populist Empire upon the backs of seemingly the same old “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” (telegraph.co.uk, Apr. 2006) until inconvenient.
- Taylor Swift fans scanned by controversial facial recognition at stadium concert (Latest Picks 14th December 2018)