Taylor Swift Just Donated $113K To LGBTQ Advocacy

The pop star's donation goes to an LGBTQ advocacy group that is fighting for equal rights in Tennessee.

Taylor Swift just donated $113,000 to an advocacy group that's fighting for LGBTQ rights in Taylor's adopted home state of Tennessee (she was actually born in Pennsylvania). The singer, who, until recently, has been notoriously mum on her political views, has made her beliefs on the matter known with this generous donation. 

Taylor Swift Just Donated $113K Toward LGBTQ Advocacy
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(Fun fact: 13 is Taylor's favorite number, which makes the donation amount very intentional and significant to her.)

Her group of choice is the Tennessee Equality Project, who advocates for the rights of LGBTQ people in Tennessee by actively fighting against some of the state's discriminatory bills, such as one that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples on the basis of religious belief. TEP also provides resources and educational materials for those wanting to get involved, or at the very least gain knowledge on the issues. 

While the singer has not made an announcement about the donation herself, TEP's Executive Director Chris Sanders posted a photo of a letter he received along with Taylor's donation. 

The letter reads, "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." 

Though her political statements are rare, this is not the first time Taylor has spoken out about LGBTQ rights. In October 2018, she shared the below image and caption on her Instagram.

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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! 🗳😃🌈

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Clearly, Taylor is passionate about LGBTQ rights — which is great, because we're passionate about it too.

In addition to donating directly to the group, you can support the TEP when you shop on Amazon by going to their Amazon Smile link first before making your purchases. On eligible purchases, 0.5% of the total amount is donated to the group.

 

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