For as much erasure of the LGBTQ+ community as right-wing America would have, one super-star is having none of it and is bringing trans representation to her much-anticipated new album.Taylor Swift’s Midnights dropped on Friday, but in anticipation of the release, the music maven posted a sizzle reel-style teaser video to her social media accounts Thursday night.The clip features scenes from several upcoming videos — only the video for "Anti-Hero" has been released — that accompany the album.
For LGBTQ+ Swifties, one of the people in the videos stood out. From the looks of it, through the scenes that Swift revealed, trans model and actor Laith Ashley plays the singer’s love interest at various points.Ashley has been the face of several brand campaigns, like Barneys and Diesel, according to Them.
The outlet notes that Ashley is also known for being the out trans member of the pit crew in RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ashley appears in silhouette on a crowded dancefloor, engaged in a hot and steamy dance moment with Swift.
A further along in the video, Ashley, and Swift are in bed together, and Swift longingly caresses Ashley’s shirtless back as he lies sleeping beside her.