Taylor Swift helped usher in Pride Month by delivering a heartfelt and inspiring speech at her concert in Chicago on Saturday, June 2. The Taylor Swift Pride speech came right before she performed her latest single, “Delicate.”
“It’s very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any situation, but it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that it might be met with adversity from society,” the Grammy-award winning artist told her thousands of fans in attendance at the sold-out show.
“This month and every month I want to send my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about how they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify,” she continued.
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZBU) June 3, 2018
Swift recognized the progress we have made, but also communicated her understanding that there is still work to be done by everyone. She said, “This is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we’ve come, but I think we also need to acknowledge how far we have left to go.”
She also dedicated part of her speech to people who are struggling to come out: “I want to send my love and respect to everybody who hasn’t felt comfortable enough to come out yet … and may you do that on your own time and may we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to say how they feel.”
“When it comes to feelings and when it comes to love and searching for someone to spend your whole life with … it’s all just really, really delicate,” she said.