Taylor Swift breaks political silence and voices support for LGBTQ rights

Taylor Swift has shared her political views and voiced her support for LGBTQ rights.

The country-turned-pop superstar has long been criticised for staying silent when it comes to politics in her home country, especially in the 2016 presidential election, but now she’s speaking out for the first time.

“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” she wrote in a lengthy post on Instagram.

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter was speaking out ahead of the midterm Senate elections in November, in which she promised to cast her voted based on whichever candidate will “protect and fight” for human rights.

She continued: “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of colour is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

Despite long-standing rumours that Taylor was a Republican supporter – largely due to her country music roots and previous political silence – the singer-songwriter aligned herself firmly with the Democratic Party.

Speaking about her hometown of Tennessee, she denounced Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn over her ‘appalling’ voting record and her stance on women’s rights and LGBTQ equality.

“She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values,” she wrote, confirming her vote will go to Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.

Taylor ended her post by encouraging her “intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed” followers to register to vote ahead of the 9 October deadline – you can read her message in full below.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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