Taylor Swift Donates $113,000 To Tennessee Pro-LGBTQ Advocacy Group

Written by on April 11, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Nashville, TN, United States (4E) – Taylor Swift made a sizeable donation to a charitable organization in Tennessee that advocates for LGBTQ rights and pushes for LGBTQ protection in the legislature.

According to Tennessee Equality Project executive director Chris Sanders, the singer donated $113,000 on Monday to the group, who was “honored and grateful” for her gift.

“Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community,” Sanders told the Tennessean. “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.”

Swift sent the donation with a personal handwritten letter to Sanders, in which she praised the organization for their work on bringing together 150 faith leaders around the country to oppose a series of bills in the General Assembly that discriminates members of the LGBTQ.

“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,” the 29-year-old singer wrote in the letter.

The “Slate of Hate” Swift mentions in her letter refers to 12 separate bills that would limit the rights of LGBTQ individuals. One of these bills is the Tennessee Natural Marriage Act, which aims to ban gay marriage in Tennessee. A fiscal impact assessment found that the said bill could cost the state over $9 billion in federal funding, NBC News reported.

Another bill would restrict gay parents from adopting children by protecting the state’s adoption agencies who would decline adoption applications for the said individuals.

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