After remaining deafeningly silent on political issues for years, Taylor Swift just made a huge statement to let the world know that not only is she pro LGBTQIA+ rights but she’s also contributing to the cause in a colossal way.
The country-turned-pop music singer donated an extraordinary $160K to the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), an organisation dedicated to protecting gay rights in the Volunteer State.
It’s worth noting that Swift did not announce the donation herself (no pun intended), it was the organisation who took to social media to share a handwritten letter penned by the pop sensation.
“I’m writing you to say that I’m so inspired by the work you do, specifically in organising the recent petition of Tennessee’s faith leaders standing up against the ‘Slate of Hate’ in our state legislature,” she began.
“Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them and accept this donation to support the work you and these leaders are doing.”
She concludes, “I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship.”
“Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community,” TEP captioned the image. “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. 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.”
Swift, a proud Tennessean, previously dropped her apolitical stance before the 2018 midterm elections last November.
Just one month out from the midterms, Swift posted a Polaroid photo of herself on Instagram and urged her fans to get out and vote.
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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! ????????????