Jun 15

Taylor Swift performs at Pride celebration at New York’s legendary Stonewall Inn

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Taylor Swift; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AEGTaylor Swift is taking her newfound role as an LGBTQ ally seriously.

On Friday, the same day she released her new single "You Need to Calm Down" -- which speaks out against homophobia and online hate -- she made a surprise appearance at a Pride celebration at New York City's Stonewall Inn.  You can watch fan-shot video of her singing "Shake It Off" on YouTube.

The event, sponsored by sports and live entertainment company AEG, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which marked the start of the gay rights movement in the U.S. AEG has also pledged its support to the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which is working on developing an LGBTQ+ anti-bias training standard.

Taylor performed with a pink acoustic guitar, wearing sparkly shorts and a pink blouse.  She was joined by the evening's host, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who tweeted out video of them singing "Shake It Off."

Other performers included Sara Bareilles, Broadway star Gavin Creel and Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria.

Taylor's appearance at the Stonewall Inn comes in the wake of her starting a petition in support of the Equality Act, and the letter she wrote to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, urging him to vote for the Act when it goes before the Senate.

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   Jun 15

Taylor Swift performs at Pride celebration at New York’s legendary Stonewall Inn

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Taylor Swift; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AEGTaylor Swift is taking her newfound role as an LGBTQ ally seriously.

On Friday, the same day she released her new single "You Need to Calm Down" -- which speaks out against homophobia and online hate -- she made a surprise appearance at a Pride celebration at New York City's Stonewall Inn.  You can watch fan-shot video of her singing "Shake It Off" on YouTube.

The event, sponsored by sports and live entertainment company AEG, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which marked the start of the gay rights movement in the U.S. AEG has also pledged its support to the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which is working on developing an LGBTQ+ anti-bias training standard.

Taylor performed with a pink acoustic guitar, wearing sparkly shorts and a pink blouse.  She was joined by the evening's host, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who tweeted out video of them singing "Shake It Off."

Other performers included Sara Bareilles, Broadway star Gavin Creel and Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria.

Taylor's appearance at the Stonewall Inn comes in the wake of her starting a petition in support of the Equality Act, and the letter she wrote to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, urging him to vote for the Act when it goes before the Senate.

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   Jun 14

“Jonas Brothers Way”: Nick, Joe and Kevin get a street named after them in Albany, NY

Peggy SirotaThe Jonas Brothers may hail from New Jersey, but they’re getting a street named after them in Albany, NY.

According to The Daily Gazette, the honorary street sign for “Jonas Brothers Way” was unveiled in New York's capital Friday ahead of the group’s upcoming concert there on August 19.

The tour stop at the Times Union Center will mark the trio’s first time playing Albany since their 2005 Palace Theatre show, when they opened for the Cheetah Girls.

If you’re in Albany, you can catch the street sign on S. Pearl Street – but it’s only temporary. It’ll be up through the JoBros’ show date.

It wasn’t actually the city – or the even the fans – who lobbied for the street name, though. Tour promoter LiveNation asked for the street’s temporary renaming, the Times Union Center's general manager Bob Belber tells The Daily Gazette.

“This is just a great promotional method of informing the public that the Jonas Bros tour is coming to Albany on August 19th,” Belber said. “Very creative.”

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