Taylor Swift Donates $113,000 To Tennessee LGBTQ Advocacy Group
Taylor Swift Donated A Sizeable Amount To An Organisation That Fights Anti-LGBT Legislature
Taylor Swift, an American music superstar has made a sizeable donation to the Tennessee Equality Project — an Organisation which works against a series of bills which are said to target LGBTQ people. Tylor Swift wrote a letter to Charity’s executive director Chris Sanders, in which she stated that she was inspired by the work the organisation does and she has been touched as local faith leaders are now standing together against the state legislature.
It is to be noted that Taylor Swift has made a donation of $113,000 (£87,000) to the Tennessee Equality Project and said she is so grateful that they are giving all people a place to worship. Apart from the huge donation, The Blank Space singer had gifted a handwritten letter to the organisation. Taking to social media, Chris shared her letter.
Here’s what Taylor Swift reads in her letter
‘Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community. She sees our struggle in Tennessee and continues to add her voice with so many good people, including religious leaders, who are speaking out for love in the face of fear,’ wrote Chris.
‘Tennessee Equality Project is honored and grateful to reveal Taylor Swift has made a donation of $113,000 to support our efforts at this critical moment. ‘See her attached note in the photo. I will add a fuller image description tonight. For now, I will note that she in particular was glad to see so many faith leaders in Tennessee speak out.’
It is to be noted that Taylor’s donation comes six months after she broke her decade-long political silence to plead with fans to make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming US mid-term elections.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
In October 2019, Taylor cited the importance of LGBT rights as one of her reasons for endorsing Democratic candidate Phil Breseden for Senate.
Since the news of Taylor Swift’s donation broke, many celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Katy Perry — shared their appreciation for her support of the community.
How people reacted to Tylor Swift’s sizeable donation:
📲 | Katy Perry liked these tweets about Taylor’s $113k donation to the TEP Foundation 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/Bj8PMx5Wdj
— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSUpdatesNY) April 9, 2019
on today's episode of "i didn't think i could love taylor swift any more than i already do but here i am" pic.twitter.com/5AlfxnrGef
— abigail🦋 (@rainstormmswift) April 8, 2019
What an ally the community has!
Taylor Swift, thank you so much for supporting our community and standing for equality. The Tennessee Equality Project is an incredible partner and organization and worthy of your incredible support. https://t.co/ria19mvB9a
— Nashville LGBT Chamber (@NashLGBTCC) April 8, 2019
Queen!! I’m so proud of being a swiftie today <13 pic.twitter.com/d7ANu24W3V
— diana (@dswiftielife13) April 9, 2019