Taylor Swift released her new song “You Need to Calm Down,” the second single from her upcoming album “Lover,” and it’s being hailed as a pro-LGBTQ anthem.
In the song, Swift calls out haters with the second verse dedicated to people who have anti-LGBTQ views. She even namechecks media watchdog organization GLAAD.
According to TMZ, GLAAD has received an increase in donations since the song’s release.
“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? Sunshine on the street at the parade. But you would rather be in the dark ages making that sign. Must have taken all night,” Swift sings. “You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace / And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate. Cause shade never made anybody less gay.”
“Can you just not step on his gown?” Swift adds in the refrain.
— GLAAD (@glaad) June 14, 2019
Fans praised the track for calling out homophobia on social media.
— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) June 14, 2019
— Mauricio: Stream/Buy #YouNeedToCalmDown (@MauricioSwift13) June 14, 2019
The fact taylor Swift dropped her new song on Trumps birthday & it’s all about how hiding behind the internet & focusing on being rude is a waste of time and how everyone should be accepted and not shading them is ICONIC #YouNeedToCalmDowm pic.twitter.com/8QFivoS8Yt
— Alla (@allakmiller) June 14, 2019
Girls and gays we’re really going to be screaming “‘CAUSE SHADE NEVER MADE ANYBODY LESS GAY” at the next tour. That’s really happening.
— Chris Swiftie™🏳️🌈🦋 (@HuffleBoy) June 14, 2019
Listen up lgbt swifties can you imagine screaming “shade never made anybody less gay” at the ts7 tour with all your friends because I can and… I’m crying
— Jemima Skelley (@jemimaskelley) June 14, 2019
“Lover” will be released on Aug. 23.