Many fans have criticized Taylor Swift for only suddenly taking interest in and showing support of LGBTQ rights with her song “You Need to Calm Down.” However, Swift has opened up in an interview with Vogue clarifying why she’s all of a sudden been so vocal about LGBTQ rights.
The 29-year-old pop icon said that it was a conversation with her friend and out performer Todrick Hall that made her realize she needed to become a more vocal ally.
“Maybe a year or two ago, Todrick and I are in the car, and he asked me, ‘What would you do if your son was gay?’” she revealed. “The fact that he had to ask me… shocked me and made me realize that I had not made my position clear enough or loud enough.”
Swift answered, “If my son was gay, he’d be gay. I don’t understand the question.”
“If he was thinking that, I can’t image what my fans in the LGBTQ community might be thinking,” she explained. “It was kind of devastating to realize that I hadn’t been publicly clear about that.”
“Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male,” Swift added. “I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of. It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud.”
Swift collaborated with Hall for the music video of “You Need to Calm Down,” in which she included numerous queer celebrities, LGBTQ references, and a call to action asking viewers to support the Equality Act.
She also donated $113,000 to LGBTQ group the Tennessee Equality Project to fight a number of anti-LGBTQ bills that had been introduced in her home state.