Taylor Swift marked the start of Gay Pride Month at a show in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday night (02Jun18), by saluting fans who have been honest about their sexuality.
The singer wrapped up the U.S. leg of her Reputation tour with two nights at Soldier Field and took a moment before performing Delicate to pay tribute to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender fans.
“It’s very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any sense, in any situation,” she told the audience in Chicago, “but it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love and that you know that that might be met with adversity from society.
“So this month and every month I want to send out my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about the way they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify.
“And this is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we’ve come, but we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go.”
Taylor added, “I want to send my love and respect out to everybody who in their journey hasn’t yet felt comfortable enough to come out, and may you do that in your own time. May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to be vulnerable and 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.”
Her comments came a day after Ariana Grande kicked off Gay Pride Month by paying tribute to her LGBTQ fans in an open letter published by Billboard editors.
“I grew up with a gay brother whose every move I would emulate,” the No Tears Left to Cry star wrote. “I idolized him. Everything Frankie did, I would do. I can’t remember a difference between Frankie before he came out and Frankie after he came out. He’s always just been Frankie.”
She added: “I was taught to do my makeup by queens in gay bars in New York City. I made my Broadway debut at 14 years old and did 8 shows a week but there was never a night I was too tired to run to a gay bar and do a quick Whitney cover before bed.”
Ariana closed out her message with: “I hope to create anthems for you that wrap you up with comfort and make you get your best life for as long as I live.”
– Cover Media0