Taylor Swift performs at AEG and Stonewall Inns to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising on June 14, 2019. (Photo: Craig Barritt, Getty Images for AEG)
Taylor Swift continues to celebrate the month of pride.
The singer gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn on Friday night in New York, just hours after the release of her latest album. Anti-hate hymn "You must calm down."
The LGBT Historic Site was hosting 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 – that's what I did." Last night, I hosted a concert at the historic @thestonewallinn and some pretty amazing people got together. are presented, "he subtitled. "I have to live my life and dance like a father with my (heart), @taylorswift!"
The Stonewall Inn is known to have been the scene of a police raid in 1969 that catalyzed the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Police raided Greenwich Village's gay bar just after midnight, saying the bar had violated liquor laws. The bosses and others fought back against the officers, stimulating days of demonstrations and a wave of activism.
Swift, who was wearing a short-sleeved shirt and shorts, played a pink acoustic guitar for a light version of "Shake It Off".
In a shared video on social media by the entertainment group AEG, co-organizer of the event, Swift explains that she chose to sing "Shake It Off" because she heard it said that it was Ferguson's favorite song at karaoke.
"If you want to do something, if you're one of those you're really good at, sing, dance, be yourself," she said before starting the issue. "It's a really safe space."
After his performance, Swift said it was "an absolute honor to be here at the Stonewall Inn".
"Thank you for being so wonderful, so fun to dance with you," she added. "Month of pride, thank you very much!"
Sara Bareilles was also at the event and performed her song "Brave".
Contribute: Grace Hauck
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