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LGBT+ allies the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Taylor Swift have kicked off Pride Month with shows of support for organisations and legislation that aid the LGBT+ community.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened the month by following the Instagram accounts of LGBT+ campaigners who are “supporting the LGBTQ+ community – those young and old, their families and friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future,” they wrote in their latest Instagram post.
Each month, the Sussex Royal Instagram page rotates the accounts they follow “based on causes and social issues that matter to us.”
“For the month of June we “proudly” shine a light on PRIDE,” they wrote.
“We stand with you and support you 🌈,” they wrote.
“Because it’s very simple: love is love.”
Prince harry and Meghan Markle are now following The Human Rights Campaign, Pflag, the It Gets Better Project, Akt charity – which supports homeless LGBT+ youth in the UK, the Matthew Shepard Foundation – which runs education, outreach and advocacy programs, Sage USA – which works to improve the lives of older lgbt people, pride, The Trevor Project – America’s leading crisis intervention & suicide prevention service for LGBT youth, the LGBTQ page, Elton john aids foundation and Stonewall UK.
Taylor Swift threw her support behind equality in the USA, creating a petition calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act, which passed the House last month and will protect LGBT+ Americans from discrimination.
Swift shared a letter she wrote to one of her senators and started a social media campaign, urging her followers to write a letter to their senators and use the social media hashtag #lettertomysenator.
Courtesy Taylor Swift Twitter
“While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally,” Swift wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.
“In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations.”
“The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator.”
“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.”
“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈"
At the time of writing this article, the petition had over 100,000 signatures on it. To add yours click here.
Happy Pride Everyone!!!!! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🏳️🌈