"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", wrote the singer.
Taylor Swift has never been one to shy away from vocalizing about the things she believes in and she's now taken a political stand, but this time it's for LGBTQIAP+ advocacy. The singer made a donation to the Tennessee Equality Project Monday, executive director Chris Sanders said, according to People. She made a surprise donation of $113,000 donation, which her fans will not be surprised about since they all know her love for the number 13. The Tennessee Equality Project is a Nashville-based group that recently convened more than 100 religious leaders to condemn six anti-LGBT bills, nicknamed the “Slate of Hate”, that are going through the state legislature.
Sanders took to Facebook to praise the singer, while he also shared a note that the singer addressed to him. 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 those leaders are doing. I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship, wrote Swift.
Chris captioned the picture: Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally of the LGBTQ community. 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.
The "slate of hate" comprises of 12 bills that would limit the rights of LGBTQIAP+ citizens if passed. One among those bills is the Tennesse Natural Marriage Act, which would ban gay marriages, while another bill would protect adoption agencies who turn away gay parents. The Tennessee Equality Project is an organization that works in legislative advocacy and they strongly believe the bills “promote discrimination rather than justice.”
Brady Dale Morris said: Gobsmacked! You’re a true rockstar Chris and we are so lucky to have you leading the charge to protect our rights as LGBT residents in TN! Thanks, TS!! Brendon Holloway added: This is amazing! Thank you, Chris Sanders, for everything you do for me, for us, and for our community. Love you, always! Caleb Banks said: This makes me want to seriously cry. Absolutely stunning she would make such a generous donation to help. I know this will go towards fighting for what is right. And I hope we can get much more celebs to donate to help our cause!
Bud East exclaimed: It is a wonderful thing to see good people who care about our community. Chris Sanders, you are a great leader that I am truly honored and proud, to have you as a friend, and represent my voice through equality. Congratulations. Pamela Carter added: It takes a united and strong group of individuals to speak up and speak out. It takes one individual to value and support their effort. Fortunately Ms. Swift Is able to lend her voice, support and her check to change the lives of many. Thank you, Ms. T!
Recently, for the first time, Swift endorsed two Democratic candidates running in Tennessee midterm elections in October, and she explained why she felt like she had to make her political leanings clear. 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, she wrote, alongside a picture of herself.
About politics, this is what she had to say during an interview with ELLE: "I’m finding my voice in terms of politics. I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that is signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life. I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change. Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers. Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric. I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year."