A gay Taylor Swift fan was blown away when he received a handwritten letter from the singer-songwriter praising him for “choosing to live and love honestly even when it isn’t easy”.
Swift, who recently released her eighth studio album folklore, wrote a heartfelt letter to Andrew Mooney, who is currently finishing up his PhD at Trinity College Dublin.
The letter, dated 23 August, begins: “Andy, someone told me you’re about to finish your PhD! I wanted to congratulate you on this incredible accomplishment and to applaud you for all the hard work you’ve put into your studies.
Swift continued: “This is EPIC!! I saw how supportive you’ve been of my music over the years and was so touched.
“Thank you so much. I’m also so proud of you for the bravery you’ve shown in your personal life, choosing to live and love honestly even when it isn’t easy.
“I hope you’re doing well in and amongst the chaos we’re all living through right now,” Swift added.
“In these times, I think it’s important to revel in the great moments when we can, and this is a moment worth celebrating!”
Gay Taylor Swift fan was overwhelmed by her heartfelt handwritten letter.
Mooney shared a photo of the letter on Twitter along with an envelope addressed to “Dr Andy Mooney” to celebrate the completion of his PhD.
“Thank you Taylor Swift for taking the time to write me such a beautiful message,” Mooney wrote.
I’m also so proud of you for the bravery you’ve shown in your personal life, choosing to live and love honestly even when it isn’t easy.
“You have been an inspiration to me for so many years and I can’t put into words how much this means to me. You have changed my life.”
Thank you @taylorswift13 for taking the time to write me such a beautiful message. You have been an inspiration to me for so many years and I can’t put into words how much this means to me. You have changed my life. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ERGCmk2vkC
— Andrew Mooney (@andymooney13) August 29, 2020
Mooney’s tweet has been liked more than 20,000 times, with Swift fans reacting with unbridled joy to the letter.
Swift is widely loved by the LGBT+ community for her tireless support of queer rights.
The folklore singer is a tireless advocate for LGBT+ rights.
In June, she blasted the US Census for only having two gender options – male or female – and said the decision contributed to the “erasure of transgender and non-binary people”.
In 2019, she released “You Need to Calm Down”, an anti-homophobia queer anthem, alongside a star-studded queer music video.
She previously revealed that she realised she needed to be more vocal about her support for LGBT+ rights after Todrick Hall asked her a “devastating” question.
“Maybe a year or two ago, Todrick and I are in the car, and he asked me, ‘What would you do if your son was gay?’
“The fact that he had to ask me…shocked me and made me realise that I had not made my position clear enough or loud enough.
“If my son was gay, he’d be gay. I don’t understand the question.”
She added: “If he was thinking that, I can’t imagine what my fans in the LGBT+ community might be thinking.
“It was kind of devastating to realise that I hadn’t been publicly clear about that.”