Taylor Swift has released a music video for her newest song “You Need to Calm Down,” which features numerous LGBTQ celebrity cameos and references throughout.
The video features queer icons like Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley Kiyoko, RuPaul, Billy Porter, Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, the Queer Eye Fab Five, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more.
My friend @taylorswift13 asked me to be in her new music video for her song “You Need To Calm Down". I simply can’t calm down with excitement until we all watch its premiere tomorrow Monday June 17th at 8:15AM EST on @GMA and 7:00AM EST on @YouTube. #taylorswift pic.twitter.com/NBiCuiYZAG
— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) June 17, 2019
"What I love about the song is that she's making a statement about acceptance. She's repping for the LGBTQ community and making bold social commentary and I'm really impressed." @AdamLambert on @TaylorSwift13’s You Need to Calm Down. #9Today pic.twitter.com/x3DLpBPrzT
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) June 18, 2019
The video takes place in a rainbow trailer park with anti-LGBTQ protestors holding signs with misspelled phrases like, “Get a brain morans” and “Homosekuality is sin.” Other LGBTQ references include a quote from Cher in a painting and Ryan Reynolds painting the Stonewall Inn.
The video, which was released Monday (June 17), ends with a pink screen with a message supporting the Equality Act.
“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally,” it reads. “Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on change.org.”
Many fans excitedly reacted to the ample LGBTQ representation and support found in the video.
I've seen a lot of criticism of Taylor Swift as an ally. If giving money to LGBTQ+ charities, showing up to LGBTQ+ celebrations and dedicating a whole music video to the Equality Act isn't enough, I don't know what is.
I can't think of a better way for her to use her voice. ❤️🌈
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) June 17, 2019
I’m grateful for megastars who responsibly use their platforms to show love to the LGBTQ community AND their money to protect our rights. Especially during this administration. We need all the allies we can get right now. Thank u @taylorswift13 💙💙💙
— Justin Tranter (@justtranter) June 17, 2019
This is not the first time Swift has supported the LGBTQ community. She recently donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, a local LGBTQ organization, to fight the anti-LGBTQ bills that had been introduced in her home state. Swift also gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn last