Taylor Swift hits out at Donald Trump over LGBT rights

1 June 2019, 08:42 | Updated: 1 June 2019, 09:36

Pop star Taylor Swift hit out at Donald Trump as she urged people to support a law to protect LGBT people in America.

Swift, whose public support for the Democrats ahead of the midterms last year prompted the president to say "I like Taylor's music about 25% less now, okay?", is calling on her fans to send letters to their senators asking them to back the Equality Act.

The act would introduce laws to protect the LGBT community, adding sexual orientation and gender identity as outlawed forms of discrimination.

On Friday, the 29-year-old superstar posted the letter she wrote to her senator in Tennessee, Republican Lamar Alexander, alongside the hashtag #lettertomysenator.

Referencing Mr Trump's reported opposition to the act, Swift said: "I personally reject the president's stance that his administration 'supports equal treatment for all' but that the Equality Act 'in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights'.

"No. One cannot take the position that one supports a community, while condemning it in the next breath as going against 'conscience' or 'parental rights'."

She added: "That statement implies that there is something morally wrong with being anything other than heterosexual or cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful message to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, nonbinary or transgender parents, sons or daughters."

Speaking directly to her fans, Swift said: "Legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others", which is "disgusting and unacceptable".

The act has been passed by the House Of Representatives and will now go before the Republican-held Senate.