Taylor Swift has continued her recent streak of being outspoken on political matters, this time blasting the US census for its “erasure” of non-binary and transgender people.
Swift has previously been called out for not speaking out politically, but now she’s embracing being an ally of the LGBTQI community.
During last week’s Pride Live Stonewall Day live stream event, she took aim at the US government for only offering two choices for gender on the census. Swift explained how no census can be properly representative of a group of people if it dismissing a group of people.
“I got my Census the other day and there were two choices for gender. There was male and female and that erasure was so upsetting to me, the erasure of transgender and nonbinary people,” she said.
“When you don’t collect information on a group of people, that means that you have every excuse in the world not to support them. When you don’t collect data on a community, that’s a really, really brutal way of dismissing them.”
During her address, Swift admitted that a recent Supreme Court ruling on discrimination based on sex was a good step forward. “But we still have so far to go in terms of equality and protections for LGBTQ people and people in the trans community.”
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She ended her statement by emphasising the importance of voting ahead of the 2020 election later this year.“Obviously, we all need to exercise our right to vote this year.
“We need to check out our absentee ballot policy in our states and we need to make sure that we elect people who care about all communities.”
The Pride Live Stonewall event is an annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall uprising, which many cite as sparking the modern gay rights movement.
Swift recently promised to “not let privilege lie dormant,” and would continue to be “loudly and ferociously anti-racist”, just a few weeks after she called for the removal of “racist” confederate monuments in America.