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Taylor Swift's new music video calls on the Senate to support the Equality Act

Taylor Swift is ready for the Senate to pass the Equality Act, and she's keeping up her fight for the bill in her latest music video.

The pop star on Monday dropped the cameo-filled video for her new single "You Need to Calm Down," which targets opponents of LGBTQ rights and ends with a message in support of the Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas such as housing, education, and finances.

"Let's show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally," a message at the end of the video reads. "Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act at Change.org." The Equality Act was previously passed by the House of Representatives.

In a newly released music video for her latest single “You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift reiterates her call for the Senate to pass the Equality Act: https://t.co/g5gDiSqShh pic.twitter.com/YKhV1ib6Di

— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) June 17, 2019

Swift spoke out in support of the Equality Act earlier this month, writing in an open letter that "I personally reject the president's stance" on the issue. The Trump administration is opposed to the passage of the Equality Act, saying that it "in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights." Swift's Change.org petition urging the Senate's passage of the Equality Act currently has more than 195,000 signatures.

For some time, Swift notably opted not to speak out on political issues, but that changed in 2018 when she endorsed two Tennessee Democrats. In a March interview, she teased that with the 2020 presidential election approaching, she's "going to do more to help."