metro: Taylor Swift has donated $113,000 (£87,000) to the Tennessee Equality Project, a group working against a series of bills which are said to target LGBTQ people.
In a letter sent to the charity’s executive director Chris Sanders, Taylor shared that she was ‘so inspired by the work you do’ and that in particular she had been touched by the coming together of local faith leaders who are now standing together against the state legislature. ‘I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship,’ she added.
The Blank Space singer’s handwritten note was gifted alongside the donation, and Chris shared the note on the charity’s Facebook page. ‘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.’
Among the bills included on the so-called ‘Slate of Hate’ are ones permitting adoption agencies to discriminate against same-s3x couples and another preventing state or local government agencies from considering a business’s nondiscrimination policies when choosing contractors.
Her 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.
The pop star has notoriously shied away from ever pledging allegiance to a political party and has never made it public who she has voted for in a US election. Yet ahead of the 2018 election she told fans that it was time to speak out because of ‘several events in my life and in the world in the past two years’.
She also claimed she would be voting Democrat – clearing up rumours that she voted Republican – and stated that among her reasons for speaking out was ‘the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on s3xual orientation or gender is WRONG’.
In December she gave an impromptu performance at an LGBTQ youth fundraiser, taking to the stage at New York’s historic Town Hall for the annual Ally Coalition benefit concert. Thrown by Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, the event works towards better equality among LGBTQ youths.
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