One devastating question convinced Taylor Swift to speak out on LGBT rights
By Nick Duffy

Taylor Swift has revealed that one “devastating” question from her friend Todrick Hall convinced her to speak out more for LGBT+ equality.

The former country singer has shed her long-maintained apolitical public persona over the past year, making high-profile donations to
LGBT+ charities and urging fans to join a campaign for equal rights laws.

In an interview with Vogue published on Thursday (August 8), the singer explained that she realised she need to be more vocal after a
conversation with “Twerking in the Rain” singer Todrick Hall.

One question from Todrick Hall convinced Taylor Swift to speak out
She explained: “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?’

“The fact that he had to ask me…shocked me and made me realise that I had not made my position clear enough or loud enough.

“If my son was gay, he’d be gay. I don’t understand the question.”

She added: “If he was thinking that, I can’t imagine what my fans in the LGBTQ community might be thinking.

“It was kind of devastating to realise that I hadn’t been publicly clear about that.”

The singer would go on to collaborate with Todrick Hall on her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, which showcases a diverse range
of queer talent.

She added: “Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male.

“I didn’t realise until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of.”

She added: “”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.

“When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s clickbait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my
career arc.”

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