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Taylor Swift's expression of Queer joy and Bisexual pride during her Eras Tour

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In a move that is quintessentially Taylor Swift, the pop icon has addressed her sexuality in a subtle yet impactful way during her Eras Tour stops this month. Rather than making a grand announcement or flashy public statement, Swift used her platform and her art to drop hints about her personal journey, staying true to her signature style of intimate and heartfelt communication. https://www.tiktok.com/@swiftiemom3750/video/7378658962209508650?_t=8nCXCUMuyBa&_r=1

@swiftiemom3750 #surprisesong #itsnicetohaveafriend #dorothea #erastour #edinburghscotland #taylorswift #taylornation #taylornationswiftie #swiftie #swifties #swiftietiktok #swiftok #swiftoker #edinburgh #scotland ♬ original sound - Mary (Taylor's Version)

On Sunday, June 9, during her final night of the Eras Tour stop in Edinburgh, Scotland, Swift ingeniously mashed up "It's Nice to Have a Friend" and "Dorothea." When she sang "It's nice to have Dorothea," it was hard not to catch the wink to the phrase "friend of Dorothy." Dating back to at least World War II, when it was still illegal to be Queer in the United States, this was a subtle way for people to identify as such. This clever inclusion was her way of nodding to Queer culture, giving a moment of recognition and validation to her LGBTQ+ fans. https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZPRKcdSC3/

@rae.of.hope This comvo is just for friends of dorothea @Taylor Swift @Taylor Nation #TaylorSwift #taylornation #swifties #swiftietiktok #genxswiftie #swiftie4ever #swifttok #swift #tstheerastour #erastour #friendofdorothea #greenscreen ♬ ERAS TOUR NEW OPENING AUDIO - 1989 (Mori's Version)

But that's just the tip of the Queer iceberg. Swift has been dropping these hints like breadcrumbs leading to a rainbow treasure. Her wardrobe and lighting choices during the Eras Tour have been rich with symbolism, especially during Pride Month. From outfits that feature Pride flags to color palettes that align with Bisexual pride, she's been making statements without saying a word. https://www.tiktok.com/@jessicagolich/video/7380437477678484767?_r=1&_t=8nCY1oG03TC

@jessicagolich Tbh so true lmao 🩷🌈📲: mollytheswiftie #liverpoolerastour #liverpooln2 #erastourliverpool #liverpoolsurprisesongs #swifties ♬ original sound - JessicaGolich

Her song "You Need to Calm Down" and its vibrant music video are direct celebrations of LGBTQ+ pride; in the latter, she is famously wearing a wig with the colors of the Bisexual flag. In the documentary Miss Americana, Taylor says of the music video, "It's all the things that make me me - rainbows, Gay pride, people standing up for themselves." Her commitment to inclusivity and self-expression is clear as day. https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZPRKcHYnp/

@eve.rmore Most important overlooked scene from #MissAmericana 🎥 #TaylorSwift #meoutnow #swifttok #swifties #taylorsversion #lgbetty #gaylor #gaylorswifttttt #gaypridemakesmeme ♬ original sound - Eve🌈

For many Queer Swifties, Swift has always felt like a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but now it's as if she's waving a flag - literally and figuratively - to make it widely known. As to why she has not directly addressed her sexuality, she hints at this in the "Tortured Poets Department'' segment of the Eras Tour. In one visually arresting moment, she performs in a setting reminiscent of a church, complete with stained glass and pews, singing about people who try to "save" her when, in reality, they hate her, and depicts her rising above their judgment with a fire burning beneath her. For many Queer people, the imagery is powerful and symbolic, reflecting the struggles and triumphs many face in dealing with societal pressures and personal identity, especially as it relates to religion. https://www.tiktok.com/@zekharia/video/7368630903473458464?_r=1&_t=8nCXVwz8SPH

@zekharia Does someone would like to translate me this hand chorégraphy ? 😂 #butdaddyilovehim #erastour #erastourtaylorswift #ttpd #erastourttdp #ttdperastour #erastourparisnight4 #americanswifties #swiftie #swifttok ♬ son original - Zak Kajiou

While Swift's sexuality has been a topic of speculation, what truly matters is how her words and music resonate with Queer fans. The concert is a space where queerness is not just accepted but celebrated, even for those who have not yet been brave enough to say the words "I am Queer." Swift's inclusive lyrics and the diverse audience create an atmosphere of belonging, even if you are watching through a grainy livestream. It is a reminder that music has the power to bring people together, to create a sense of community and shared identity.

Taylor Swift's subtle yet poignant expressions of Queer joy and Bisexual pride during her Eras Tour exemplify her dedication to inclusivity and self-expression. Through her music, performances, and symbolic choices, she continues to provide a sense of validation and celebration for her LGBTQ+ fans, making her tour a significant cultural moment for Queer joy.