It's 'so upsetting': Taylor Swift calls out 2020 census for 'brutal' transgender erasure
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Taylor Swift is once again using her voice for good.
On Friday, the politically outspoken singer participated in Pride Live's Stonewall Day virtual event, commemorating the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots that helped ignite the modern gay rights movement.
"Stonewall Inn has been such a symbol of rebellion in the face of oppression, and such a safe place for people," said Swift, who last summer played a surprise performance at the historic New York gay bar with her friend, "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
She then commended last week's Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination, calling it a "really good step forward." But the Grammy winner believes "we still have so far to go."
"The Equality Act has still not been passed and that needs to happen," Swift said. "I got my census the other day and there were two choices for gender: there was male and female. And that erasure was so upsetting, the erasure of transgender and nonbinary people.
"When you don't collect information on a group of people, that means you have every excuse in the world not to support them. When you don't collect data on a community, that's a really, really brutal way of dismissing them. Obviously we all need to exercise our right to vote this year and check our absentee ballot policy in our states, and we need to make sure we elect people who care about all communities."
Swift, 30, has spoken out on a variety of social and political issues this past month. Last week, she announced she was giving her employees the day off on Juneteenth (June 19), to celebrate the freedom of Black Americans. The "You Need to Calm Down" singer also voiced her support for the removal of monuments depicting "racist historical figures" in her 真人百家家乐官网网站home state of Tennessee, and called out President Donald Trump for "stoking the fires of white supremacy" and threatening violence against Black Lives Matter protesters.
Other speakers during Pride Live's Stonewall Day livestream include former President Barack Obama, singers Katy Perry and Demi Lovato, actor George Takei, and actress Cynthia Erivo.