Taylor Swift has donated $113,000 to an LGBTIQ group in Tennessee that is lobbying to stop state lawmakers from passing legislation disadvantaging the LGBTIQ community.
Swift didn’t announce the donation to the Tennessee Equality Project herself, but it was revealed on the group’s Facebook page by leader Chris Sanders.
In a handwritten letter, Swift wrote, “I’m writing you to say that I’m so inspired by the work you do, specifically in organizing the recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders standing up against the Slate of Hate in our state legislature.
“Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them and accept this donation to support the work you and these leaders are doing.”
“I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship.”
The group said they were “honoured and grateful” for the singer’s gift.
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”
Among the legislation the group are opposing is a bill allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, one that will make it the state’s policy to defend marriage as being between one man and one woman, and a bill requiring the state to defend school districts that force transgender students to use the bathroom of their assigned sex at birth.
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