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GLAAD donations soar after Taylor Swift blasts homophobes in new song, singing ‘shade never made anybody less gay’

They're sure GLAAD for Taylor Swift.

Donations to the LGBTQ acceptance group in the amount of $13 – Swift's favorite number – jumped significantly Friday after the pop star blasted homophobes and gave a shoutout to GLAAD in her new song that dropped at midnight.

In the tune called "You Need To Calm Down," Swift belts out, "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace and control your urges, scream about all the people you hate. 'Cause shade never made anybody less gay."

Earlier in the song, the 29-year-old sings, as seen in a lyric video that shows the words onscreen, "You are somebody that we don't know. But you're coming at my friends like a missile. Why are you mad? When you could be GLADD," subbing in the organization's name for the word "glad."

"Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages making that sign," she continues. "Must have taken all night."

GLAAD, which Swift recently donated money to in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month in June, said Friday that since the release of the new single overnight, the organization has seen an influx in small donations in the amount of $13, the singer's favorite number. And on June 1, Swift wrote a letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, asking him to support the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in employment, housing, and other public accommodations.

"Taylor Swift is one of the world's biggest pop stars," Anthony Ramos, director of talent engagement at GLAAD, said in statement. "The fact that she continues to use her platform and music to support the LGBTQ community and the Equality Act is a true sign of being an ally. 'You Need to Calm Down' is the perfect Pride anthem, and we're thrilled to see Taylor standing with the LGBTQ community to promote inclusivity, equality, and acceptance this Pride month."

The song is the second single off Swift's upcoming seventh studio album, "Lover," due out Aug. 23.

A full music video for "You Need To Calm Down" is expected to be released Monday.