LGBTQ+ Pride Month

In A Lovely Pride Month Speech, Taylor Swift Shows LGBTQ Fans How Much They Mean To Her

"May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally."

We're celebrating Pride Month at A Plus, and it seems we're not the only ones. Over the weekend, during the Chicago stop of the Reputation Tour, Taylor Swift wowed fans by delivering a speech in which she acknowledges all of her "brave" LGBTQ fans.

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"It's very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any sense, in any situation," Swift began. "But it's even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that that might be met with adversity from society."

While the "Red" singer didn't mention LGBTQ fans or Pride Month by name, it's pretty clear that this message was meant especially for them — as a means to honor the progress we have made as well as to look forward at even more progress.

"And so, this month and every month, I want to send out my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about how they feel [and] to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify," Swift continued. "And this is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we've come, [but] we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go."

The 10-time Grammy winner offered up more "love and respect" to those who have not yet "felt comfortable enough to come out." To them, Swift said she hopes they will be able to do that in their "own time" before saying why it's so important for her.

"May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to be vulnerable and say how they feel," Swift added. "Because when it comes to feelings and when it comes to love and searching for someone to spend your whole life with it's all just really, really delicate. You know?"

This is a beautiful sentiment from Swift, whose history with the LGBTQ community has been a topic of conversation for years. While she has many LGBTQ fans, Swift hasn't always been super vocal about issues that affect them. In fact, one of her lyrics — one from 2008's "Picture to Burn" which goes: "I realize you love yourself more than you could ever love me / So go and tell all your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy / That's fine, I'll tell mine / You're gay, by the way" — hasn't aged well.

Swift no longer performs that song live and has since made up for it thanks to 2014's "Welcome to New York," which has a line that goes: "And you can want who you want / Boys and boys and girls and girls." While not outwardly an LGBTQ lyric, it has been received as such and was even used as the singer-songwriter's reaction to same-sex marriage becoming legal in June 2015. Also, Swift recently defended fellow musician Hayley Kiyoko and addressed sexism and homophobia in the music industry.

It's good to know that now, for certain, LGBTQ fans have an advocate in Swift.

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

Cover image: Jamie Lamor Thompson / Shutterstock.com

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