Taylor Swift Donates $113,000 to Tennessee Equality Project to Fight Anti-LGBTQ Bills

Taylor Swift has taken another political stand, this time advocating for LGBTQ residents in Tennessee.    

On Monday (April 8), the songstress donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBTQ advocacy group. The organization has been actively fighting a series of bills in the state, including one that permits adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. Another added bathrooms and locker rooms to a list of public places where someone can be charged with indecent exposure. Many believe this "bathroom bill," passed Monday in the House of Representatives, will lead to transgender discrimination. A third of the six bills will make it the state's policy to defend marriage as being between one man and one woman.   

Swift's donation came with a handwritten note to Chris Sanders, the group’s leader, which he shared on Facebook. "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," she wrote. "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."  

See the note here.