Taylor Swift gives special performance at historic LGBTQ bar ‘Stonewall Inn’ honoring Pride month. The singer surprised everyone by her performance.
The singer honored Pride month with a special performance. She made a surprise appearance on Friday night at Stonewall Inn. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. She took the stage at the gay bar to perform one of her biggest hits — “Shake it Off.”
The event’s headliner Jesse Tyler Ferguson teased the crowd about Taylor Swift appearing at the bar. He said, “What would 2019 Jessie say to 1989 Jessie?” This is a clear reference to her album 1989. He played a brief karaoke version of “Shake It Off” and then stopped.
Ferguson said, “I feel like this was a bad idea. There’s probably six drag queens in this building who could sing this better than me, or a really fantastic Taylor Swift impersonator, or even Taylor Swift. She’s not here don’t worry why would she be here — because she’s amazing!”
That is when Taylor Swift appeared.
Fans loved it
The crowd went absolutely wild upon seeing Swift. They shrieked and applauded her.
Before going into the song Swift said, “So I heard that you wanted somebody to accompany you on guitar. Thank you for having me Stonewall, and happy Pride!”
In the end, she let the Modern Family star join her to tell off the liars and the cheats.
Dan Beckerman, President, and CEO of AEG said, “As an owner and operator of venues, festivals, clubs, and theaters around the world, AEG is committed to providing welcoming and safe spaces for all of our fans. We intend to continue using our voice and resources to support equity for all.”
AEG’s has taken a pledge to support the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI). The initiative focuses on developing an LGBTQ+ anti-bias training standard and creating safe spaces.
Taylor Swift’s active campaign
Earlier this month, Taylor Swift spoke out in support of the Equality Act, which is designed to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. Yesterday, Swift released the second single from her upcoming album Lover. She refers to the LGBTQ media organization, singing, “You are somebody that we don’t know. But you’re coming at my friends like a missile. Why are you mad?. When you could be GLAAD?”
Before Swift capped off the event, Sara Bareilles gave rise to people’s emotions with her coming-out empowerment anthem “Brave” and “Gravity.” Its origins lie in the indie queer film; rising pop newcomer VINCINT knocked the crowd down with his substantial vocal prowess on “Magic.” Broadway vet Gavin Creel sang a song from Hair and an original about coming out to his mom. Lea DeLaria sang a jazzy cover of David Bowie’s “Fame.” Drag queen Jackie Dupree, who co-hosted with Ferguson, also performed.
In a recent interview with German outlet DPA, Swift shared that her new music will feature a political message.
Swift said, “I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made. I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do.”
She also took a stand for LGBTQ rights by sharing a copy of a letter she had written to Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander. Swift urged him to support the Equality Act, which would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Swift told fans, “While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally.”
Taylor Swift released her new single “You Need to Calm Down” at midnight on Friday.