Taylor Swift Delivers Speech Celebrating Pride Month At Chicago Concert

first_imgNews NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Taylor Swift; Album Of The Year speech for ‘1989’ The GRAMMY winner offers words of support to the LGBTQ community during the closing night of the first leg of her Reputation TourNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 4, 2018 – 8:18 am Taylor Swift kicked off Pride Month with an inspired speech during her June 2 Chicago concert, offering support and encouragement to the LGBTQ community.“It’s very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any situation, but it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that it might be met with adversity from society,” Swift said during a break between songs, according to Billboard. “This month and every month I want to send my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about how they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify.” Email Taylor Swift Delivers Speech Celebrating Pride Month At Chicago Concert Facebook Taylor Swift’s Uplifting Pride Month Speech taylor-swift-delivers-speech-celebrating-pride-month-chicago-concert Twitter With Pride Month underway, Swift took the opportunity to celebrate of the progress made in the continuing struggle for equality, but also pointed out there is more work to be done.“This is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we’ve come, but I think we also need to acknowledge how far we have left to go,” Swift said. “I want to send my love and respect to everybody who hasn’t felt comfortable enough to come out yet … and may you do that on your own time and may we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to all say how they feel.”June is celebrated as Pride Month across the country, with major events planned in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Anchorage, Alaska, Boston and Chicago. Many of the Pride Month celebrations commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, when demonstrators fought back against the rising number of police raids on bars catering to LGBT patrons, a significant event in the movement for LGBT equality, according to GLAAD.Swift delivered the speech at Chicago’s Soldier Field on the final night of the first leg of her Reputation Tour, which commenced on May 8 in Glendale, Ariz., and is one of the hottest tour tickets this summer. Swift now heads across the pond for six dates in the U.K. before returning to the U.S. for the second leg of the North American tour, which runs from June 30 in Louisville, Ky., and wraps up Oct. 6 in Arlington, Texas.Ticket availability and information for Swift’s Reputation Tour can be accessed via Ticketmaster. A list of Pride Month events across the country can be found here.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

Jaguar XJ will end production in July electric successor possible in 2020

first_img 5 things you need to know about the 2019 Jaguar XJR575 2:54 2019 Jaguar XJR575: A surprising performance value Now playing: Watch this: Tags More about 2019 Jaguar XJR575 Jaguar But don’t expect the XJ to be gone forever. A Jaguar spokesperson told Autocar that the XJ name will live on, although that person declined to offer further details. According to reports, it’s believed that the XJ will return in 2020 as a battery-electric car, which would give it a hefty zero-emissions advantage over other flagships like the Audi A8, BMW 8 Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. However, as of now it’s unclear what competitors’ plans are regarding battery-electric flagship variants.Our last foray with the XJ happened recently, coming in the form of a new top-tier trim called XJR575. Replacing the XJR, this new model uses a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 to produce (surprise, surprise) 575 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque. We loved how it drove, and its styling has always been on point, but daily ride comfort and the overall age of the vehicle reminded us it wasn’t a perfect package. That’s one hell of a swan song for the gas-powered XJ, which has existed in some form since 1968.  2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed Jaguar Enlarge ImageThere are worse ways to sail off into the sunset. Nate Reed/Roadshow The Jaguar XJ is a solid, comfortable cruiser. But about a decade after its unveiling it’s apparently time for Jaguar to chart a new course for its flagship sedan.Jaguar will discontinue production of the current-generation XJ sedan in July, Autocar reports. More than 120,000 XJ sedans have been built since its launch nearly a decade ago, but its current sales have been underwhelming. Here in the US, it was never the most popular seller, but most of 2018 saw monthly sales barely passing the 100-unit mark, numbers not seen since before the latest generation debuted.center_img More From Roadshow 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Share your voice 0 Review • 2019 Jaguar XJR575: An oldie, but a 575-horsepower goodie 66 Photos Post a comment Sedans Luxury cars Future Cars 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunaticlast_img read more

Mays Brexit plan not welcome Johnson gaining ground

first_imgBoris Johnson waves as he leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, on 28 June 2018 — ReutersBritish prime minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union are overwhelmingly opposed by the British public and more than a third of voters would support a new right-wing political party committed to quitting the bloc, according to a new poll.May’s political vulnerability was exposed by the survey which found voters would prefer Boris Johnson, who quit as her foreign minister two weeks ago, to negotiate with the EU and lead the Conservative Party into the next election.Only 16 per cent of voters say May is handling the Brexit negotiations well, compared with 34 per cent who say that Johnson would do a better job, according to the poll conducted by YouGov for The Sunday Times newspaper.With a little more than eight months to go before Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, May’s government, parliament, the public and businesses remain deeply divided over what form Brexit should take.May’s plans to keep a close trading relationship with the EU on goods thrust her government into crisis this month and there is speculation she could face a leadership challenge after two of her most senior ministers, including Johnson, resigned in protest.Only one in 10 voters would pick the government’s proposed Brexit plans if there were a second referendum, according to the poll. Almost half think it would be bad for Britain.The new Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday the prime minister was still trying to persuade members of the cabinet that her strategy was the best way forward.Raab also warned that Britain could refuse to pay a 39 billion pound ($51 billion) divorce bill to the EU if it does not get a trade deal – a threat used before by ministers.NO DEAL BREXITSpeaking to the BBC, Raab refused to deny reports the government is planning to stockpile food or use a section of motorway in England as a lorry park to deal with increased border checks if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.Asked about a story in The Sun newspaper that the government was planning to stockpile processed food, Raab initially replied “no” and then added: “That kind of selective snippet that makes it into the media, to the extent that the public pay attention to it, I think is unhelpful.”The possibility of leaving without a trade deal has increased with May facing rebellions from different factions in her party. She only narrowly won a series of votes on Brexit in parliament last week.The Sunday Times poll found voters are increasingly polarized, with growing numbers of people alienated from the two main political parties.Thirty-eight percent of people would vote for a new right-wing party that is committed to Brexit, while almost a quarter would support an explicitly far-right anti-immigrant, anti-Islam party, the poll found.Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage and US president Donald Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon are in discussions about forming a new right-wing movement, according to The Sunday Times.Half of voters would support remaining in the EU if there were a second referendum, the poll found, a level of support found in other surveys this year.YouGov spoke to 1,668 adults in Britain on 19 and 20 July, according to The Sunday Times, which did not provide other details about how the poll was conducted.UK to refuse Brexit bill without trade dealAFP reports from London: Britain will only pay its EU divorce bill if the bloc agrees the framework for a future trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary warned in an interview published Sunday.Dominic Raab, who replaced David Davis earlier this month after he quit the role in protest over the government’s Brexit strategy, said “some conditionality between the two” was needed.”Article 50 requires, as we negotiate the withdrawal agreement, that there’s a future framework for our new relationship going forward, so the two are linked,” Raab told the Sunday Telegraph, referring to the EU treaty mechanism used to trigger Brexit.”You can’t have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to commit on its side.”Britain is set to leave the European Union on 30 March next year.The two sides want to strike an initial withdrawal agreement by late October, in order to give parliament enough time to endorse it, before reaching a broader deal on their future relationship.The British government has sent mixed signals so far on its divorce bill.Prime Minister Theresa May agreed in December to a financial settlement totalling £35 to £39 billion ($46-51 billion, 39-44 billion euros) that ministers said depended on agreeing future trade ties.But cabinet members have cast doubt on the position.Finance minister Philip Hammond said shortly afterwards he found it “inconceivable” Britain would not pay its bill, which he described as “not a credible scenario”.Raab met the EU’s top negotiator Michel Barnier for the first time this week and will return for further talks on Thursday.Following the meeting Barnier said the priority in talks should be on finalising the initial agreement.Meanwhile the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, warned remaining member states and businesses to “step up preparations” for no deal.Raab told the BBC on Sunday the withdrawal agreement could be reached by October if the bloc matched Britain’s “energy, ambition and pragmatism”.But he reiterated it was also increasing no-deal planning.May’s blueprint for the future relationship, formally unveiled in early July, envisages a free trade area for goods through a “facilitated customs arrangement” alongside a “common rulebook” with the EU.It has faced severe criticism, including from within her own cabinet and Conservative Party, for keeping Britain too close to Europe.Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Davis both resigned in opposition.A new YouGov poll published by the Sunday Times showed just 12 per cent of people backed the proposals as “good” for Britain while 43 percent thought they were “bad”.Amid a growing backlash, 38 per cent of respondents said they would back a new right-wing party committed to Brexit.last_img read more