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Kelly Clarkson Celebrates Pride By Covering Taylor Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down' (Video)

Kelly Clarkson‘s latest cover for the Kellyoke portion of her The Kelly Clarkson Show is full of pride!

The 38-year-old singer performed a cover of Taylor Swift‘s smash hit song “You Need to Calm Down,” which is known to be a gay anthem. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the song’s music video and all of the gay icons in it.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kelly Clarkson

It was a big weekend for Kelly as she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for the first season of her talk show.

After winning the award, Kelly took to Twitter to thank some important people and lots of fans were surprised by one of the people she decided to thank.

Taylor Swift Speaks Out About The 2020 Census & Calls Out The Erasure of Transgender and Nonbinary People

Taylor Swift is calling out the 2020 census.

The 30-year-old musician took part in Pride Live’s Stonewall Day livestream event, which is an annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall uprising where she addressed the issue.

“We had a really good step forward recently with the Supreme Court ruling based on discrimination, based on sex, but we still have so far to go in terms of equality and protections for LGBTQ people and people in the trans community,” she noted in her pre-recorded message for the event.

Taylor continued that “The Equality Act has still not been passed and that needs to happen” and further called out the 2020 Census, which doesn’t have the option of checking transgender or nonbinary for your gender.

“I got my Census the other day and there were two choices for gender. There was male and female and that erasure was so upsetting to me, the erasure of transgender and nonbinary people,” she said. “When you don’t collect information on a group of people, that means that you have every excuse in the world not to support them. When you don’t collect data on a community, that’s a really, really brutal way of dismissing them.”

Taylor used this as a call to action for her fans: “Obviously, we all need to exercise our right to vote this year. We need to check out our absentee ballot policy in our states and we need to make sure that we elect people who care about all communities.”

Earlier this month, Taylor spoke out about Black Lives Matter and had the perfect reason why Juneteenth should be a national holiday. See what she said here…

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Taylor Swift Explains Why Juneteenth Should Be Celebrated as a National Holiday

Taylor Swift is opening up about the importance of Juneteenth and why the day should be celebrated as a National holiday.

The 30-year-old singer shared an article from The Root that included a video of the history of the holiday.

“Happy Juneteenth! I want to thank @TheRoot and @RhapsoDani for allowing me to post this video about the significance of today, June 19th, and why it should be celebrated as a National holiday,” Taylor tweeted right after the stroke of midnight on June 19.

Taylor continued, “Personally, I’ve made the decision to give all of my employees June 19th off in honor of Freedom Day from now on, and to continue to educate myself on the history that brought us to this present moment.”

“For my family, everything that has transpired recently gives us an opportunity to reflect, listen, and reprogram any part of our lives that hasn’t been loudly and ferociously anti-racist, and to never let privilege lie dormant when it could be used to stand up for what’s right,” she concluded.

Last week, Taylor spoke out against statues of racist historical figures and said that she doesn’t think that states should replace any of the ones torn down by protesters.

Taylor Swift Says Statues of Racist Historical Figures Make Her 'Sick,' Slams People Fighting to Keep Them Up

Taylor Swift is speaking out against people who are trying to keep up statues of racist historical figures in the state of Tennessee.

The 30-year-old singer wrote a 10-tweet thread on Twitter in which she gave fans a history lesson about the awful things that some of these historical figures did.

Protesters who are out there as part of the Black Lives Matter movement have been tearing down these controversial statues and some people want them to be replaced.

“Replacing his statue is a waste of state funds and a waste of an opportunity to do the right thing,” Taylor said. “Taking down statues isn’t going to fix centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred that black people have had to endure but it might bring us one small step closer to making ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe – not just the white ones.”

Taylor wants these historical figures to be classified as “villains” instead of “heroes.”

“When you fight to honor racists, you show black Tennesseans and all of their allies where you stand, and you continue this cycle of hurt. You can’t change history, but you can change this,” she concluded her string of tweets.

In other Taylor news, it was just reported that she has been donating to campaigns launched by young fans who are working to do good in their communities!

Click inside to read the rest of Taylor Swift’s 10-tweet thread… More Here! »

Todrick Hall Says He Resorted to 'A Few Regina George Moments' Amid Scooter Braun Feud

Todrick Hall is on the cover of Billboard‘s annual PRIDE issue, out now.

Here’s what the 35-year-old Quarantine Queen entertainer had to say…

On why he still feels like an outsider in the industry: “People have put me on a pedestal and think that I am signed to a label and that I have management. I am blown away by their ignorance on how the industry works…I am flattered that my team and I have been able to make people believe that we are on that same level.”

On comments from internet “trolls”: “I feel that the hate I receive on the internet comes mostly from people of color and people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s almost like we like complaining about the fact that there isn’t enough representation, but then when the representation in there and it doesn’t come in the exact package or the exact size the we wished it had been, we bash that as well.”

Taylor Swift, on how Todrick Hall inspired her to be more vocal about LGBTQ equality: “From day one, Todrick has always been very honest with me about his life and his experiences as a gay man of color…he never felt the need to edit who he is around me or be a different version of himself. I think that unapologetic sense of self is also what people connect to in his work. He’s just Todrick. He’s never EVER going to even attempt to be anyone else.”

On his feud with Scooter Braun: “I don’t think that Scooter is a horrible villain the way that it may have been painted in the past — the way I have helped paint it in the past… I genuinely attempted several times to talk to him from a place of love, but with my wounds from being Black and gay in America, and his ego, it was difficult to get through. So I resorted to a few Regina George moments I’m not necessarily proud of.”

For more from Todrick, head to Billboard.com.

Taylor Swift Speaks Out About Racial Injustice In A Series of Tweets

Taylor Swift is using her platform to speak out about systemic racism around the world, especially in the United States.

The 30-year-old “Me!” singer took to social media this afternoon to put her star power behind the Black Lives Matter movement and urge fans to exercise their right to vote to see the change they want to see.

“Racial injustice has been ingrained deeply into local and state governments, and changes MUST be made there,” Taylor wrote. “In order for policies to change, we need to elect people who will fight against police brutality and racism of any kind. #BlackLivesMatter.”

Taylor continued, linking an article by former President Barack Obama for fans to read.

“We need to fight for mail-in voting for the 2020 election. No one should have to choose between their health and having their voice heard,” she added later.

This marks the second time Taylor has spoken out about the matter since George Floyd’s murder. See what her first tweet was here…

Taylor Swift Says She's 'Proud' of The Class of 2020 During Virtual Commencement

Taylor Swift shared a comforting message for the Class of 2020.

As one of the many celebrity speakers at YouTube Originals’ Dear Class of 2020, the 30-year-old musician recalled that she also didn’t make it to her own graduation.

“I wanted to say congratulations to all the graduates this year. I know this is probably not the graduation you thought you were going to be having. I relate to that in a lot of ways,” Taylor said during her brief appearance.

She added, “When I was younger, I used to fantasize about high school graduation and being with all of your friends and cap and gown and the whole thing. Then when I got to that point in my life where graduation was coming up, I found myself on a radio tour with my mom in rental cars, sitting on the floors of airports, and I ended up being mailed my diploma.”

Taylor continued, “So it wasn’t exactly what I pictured, but I was still really proud of it, and I guess one good lesson to come from it is expect the unexpected, but celebrate anyway.”

“I’m so proud of you guys and I hope that you have a wonderful time and are really proud of yourselves.”

Stay tuned for the video of Taylor‘s appearance!

If you missed it, check out Lizzo‘s incredible flute performance which kicked off the festivities.