Taylor Swift gives surprise performance at Stonewall Inn for Pride Month

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The 29-year-old superstar, who just released her LGBTQ anthem "You Need to Calm Down," popped onstage on Friday night (June 14) at The Stonewall Inn in New York City. "Taylor Swift, you are a gem".

Swift's performance and new single, "You Need to Calm Down" - which makes references to GLAAD - comes on the heels of several Pride Month demonstrations from the pop star, who penned a letter in support of the pro-LGBTQ Eqaulity Act on June 1, expressed her support for the LGBTQ community during her Wango Tango performance, and recently made a "very generous donation" to GLAAD in honor of Pride Month. "CRYING IM AT STONEWALL", Twitter user Zainub Amir wrote.

"There's probably six drag queens in this building who could sing this better than me - or a really fantastic Taylor Swift impersonator, or even Taylor Swift", Ferguson teased.

The Pride celebration also included performances by Sara Bareilles, Vincint, Gavin Creel, Lea DeLaria, Jessica Vosk, and drag queen Jackie Dupree.

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Swift, a 10-time Grammy victor, thrilled the crowd as she performed an acoustic version of her hit "Shake it Off". "You Need to Calm Down" - which features lyrics such as "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?" and "Control your urges to scream about all the people you hate / 'Cause shade never made anybody less gay" - calls out haters and homophobes.

On the track, she sings: "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?".

GLAAD reported "an influx in small donations in the amount of $13", referencing the singer's favourite number.

"While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally", Swift wrote in a rainbow-colored note to her fans. "We (heart) you!" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson tweeted.

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