Taylor Swift and Ed Markey may not seem like a likely duo.
The Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, was introduced to the Senate back on March 13 and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; it hasn’t moved since. Over 430,000 people had already signed Swift’s petition as of around 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, and Markey was one of them. The Massachusetts senator submitted a response on the issue on Change.org, noting that he was one of the original cosponsors of the act.
“Across the country, we have seen LGBTQ employees fired from their jobs, same-sex couples attacked on public transportation, and transgender women of color murdered,” he wrote. “We must send a clear message that the United States will not tolerate these — or any — attacks on the LGBTQ community.”
In turn, Swift thanked Markey in an Instagram story by posting a screenshot of what he wrote.
“Thank you!! @EDMARKEY for originally cosponsoring the [Equality Act] and signing the petition for the Equality Act!!,” the singer wrote, inserting some multi-colored hearts around her response.
📷 IG | Taylor thanking Senator @EdMarkey for originally co-sponsoring the Equality Act and for signing her petition (via Instagram story)
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) June 26, 2019