Taylor Swift performs at AEG and Stonewall Inns pride celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising on June 14, 2019. (Photo: Craig Barritt, Getty Images for AEG)
Taylor Swift is continuing to celebrate Pride Month.
The singer gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn on Friday night in New York, just hours after releasing her latest anti-hate anthem “You Need To Calm Down.”
The historic LGBT site was holding an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, hosted by “Modern Family” actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who shared photos of him and Swift on his social media.
“Just sing, dance and be yourself—so I did. Last night I hosted a concert at the historic @thestonewallinn and some pretty amazing people showed up,” he captioned the photos. “I got to live my life and dance like a dad with my (heart), @taylorswift!”
The Stonewall Inn is known for being the scene of a 1969 police raid that catalyzed the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Police raided the Greenwich Village gay bar just after midnight, claiming that the bar had violated liquor laws. Patrons and others fought back against the officers, spurring days of protests and a wave of activism.
Swift, who wore a button-up shirt and shorts, played a pink acoustic guitar for a stripped down version of “Shake It Off.”
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Just sing, dance and be yourself—so I did. Last night I hosted a concert at the historic @thestonewallinn and some pretty amazing people showed up. I got to live my life and dance like a dad with my ❤️, @taylorswift! Thank you @aegworldwide, @stonewallgives & #hawkinsmikita for making last night happen!
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In a video shared to social media by the event’s co-organizer, entertainment group AEG, Swift says she picked to sing “Shake It Off” because she heard a rumor it was Ferguson’s favorite song to sing at karaoke.
“If there’s anything you feel like you wanna jump in on, if there’s like you’re part that you’re really good at, then just sing, dance, just be yourself,” she said before she began the number. “This is a really safe space.”
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?️? Love has no limits. Celebrating #Stonewall50 at The Stonewall Inn. #BetterAsOne #EqualityForAll
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After her performance, Swift said it was “an absolute honor to be here at the Stonewall Inn.”
“Thank you for being so wonderful. So fun dancing with you,” she added. “Happy Pride Month, thanks so much!”
Sara Bareilles was also at the event and performed her song “Brave.”
Contributing: Grace Hauck
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