Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Watch Taylor Swift perform 'Shake It Off' at Stonewall Inn

Watch Taylor Swift perform 'Shake It Off' at Stonewall Inn

The pop star thrilled the crowd at the Stonewall Inn in NY in the USA on Friday with an acoustic version of her 2014 hit Shake It Off, and was joined on stage by Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who headlined the event.

The event was also co-hosted by Diva Jackie Dupree, and Sara Bareilles, Gavin Creel, and Lea DeLaria also performed.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said: "Taylor Swift continues to use her platform to speak out against discrimination and create a world where everyone can live the life they love".

"Look who came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall at the Stonewall Inn", he tweeted.

It's been a busy Pride Month for Swift.

Taylor Swift surprised the crowd at Stonewall Inn anniversary event.

"I heard that this is Jesse's favorite song to do at karaoke", Taylor said before inviting Ferguson back to the stage to sing "Shake It Off" with her.

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"Shade never made anybody less gay" and "Why be mad when you could be GLAAD? " are two of the standout lyrics from the new song. The song was released shortly after Swift revealed her new album's name and that it will be released on August 23 .

The pop star released new single "You Need To Calm Down" on Friday (June 14) in which the singer directly calls out homophobia, just in time for Pride Month.

Staff at GLAAD recently launched a special fundraiser to aid their advocacy, and set a U.S. $1,300 goal as a tribute to the pop star's favourite number, 13.

On the track, she sings: "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?".

"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 rainbow-colored note to her fans.

In a statement to ET, Anthony Ramos, GLAAD's Director of Celebrity and Talent Engagement, praised Swift's lyrics and support of the LGBTQ community.

On June 1, the first day of Pride Month, Swift posted a letter on her social media accounts that she wrote to Tennessee state Senator Lamar Alexander urging him to vote for the Equality Act, which protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination.

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