It is duly noted that Taylor Swift’s significant financial contributions to GLAAD and her encouragement of donations have boosted the organization’s ability to do their important work. But, sudden financial and lyrical support is not cutting it for some of Swift’s fanbase. She is, after all, not a member of the queer community, and has only just recently confirmed her ally-ship, according to CNBC. Sociologist Lisa Stulberg explains that this is particularly difficult for celebrities with voices as influential as Taylor Swift’s. It is not easy for her to take a stand as a straight person without actually taking over the limelight.
According to Revelist, Swift’s timing is questionable. Now that Pride month has also become a sort of performative holiday for a lot of straight people rather than an ode to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, it seems that Swift is taking considerably less risk in speaking out than she would have when this all wasn’t as mainstream, but just as important. Some wonder if she is “queerbaiting,” or capitalizing off of queer themes for ticket sales.
While Swift’s financial contributions to GLAAD are extremely important, she will inherently benefit from this kind of publicity because of her celebrity status, and this alone does not make her a “gay icon.”