Taylor Swift gives surprise performance at NYC gay bar the Stonewall Inn

Carla Harmon
June 16, 2019

Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance at New York City's iconic gay bar the Stonewall Inn last night for an acoustic performance of her 1989 single "Shake It Off".

Before Swift performed, AEG presented Stonewall with a $50,000 check to support its SIGBI development of an LGBTQ anti-bias training standard in conjunction with anti-bias training experts. "Taylor Swift, you are a gem".

In "You Need To Calm Down", Swift explicitly mentions her activism for the LGBTQ community.

Swift's new anti-hate anthem has reportedly sparked a surge in donations to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), which she mentions in her lyric video. "CRYING IM AT STONEWALL", Twitter user Zainub Amir wrote.

The celebration was co-hosted by drag queen Diva Jackie Dupree, with performances by Sara Bareilles, Gavin Creel, Lea DeLaria, and VINCINT.

AEG, the entertainment company that represents Swift, presented the show and a check for $50,000 to the Stonewall Inn's charity initiative. The singer told the crowd that she had heard "Shake it Off" was a favorite karaoke tune of Ferguson's, who joined her on the final chorus of the song, as the crowd cheered them on.

Taylor Swift is doubling down on her pro-LGBTQI activity during Pride month.

"So if there's anything you feel like you want to jump in on, if there's like, your part that you're really good at, then, just sing, dance, just be yourself".

Staff at GLAAD recently launched a special fundraiser to aid their advocacy, and set a United States $1,300 goal as a tribute to the pop star's favourite number, 13. In one line, Swift sings, "Why are you mad, when you could be GLAAD?". "The fact that she continues to use her platform and music to support the LGBTQ community and the Equality Act is a true sign of being an ally", Ramos said. "We (heart) you!" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson tweeted.

Meanwhile, the release of "You Need To Calm Down" has motivated Taylor Swift fans to donate to LGBT+ charity GLAAD en masse.

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