Taylor Swift Donates $113,000 to Fight ‘Slate of Hate’ Bills in Tennessee

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Pop star Taylor Swift is putting her money where her mouth is: The 10-time Grammy victor just made a sizeable donation to an LGBTQ nonprofit in GOP-controlled Tennessee.

Swift, who began her career in Nashville, Tennessee, made the contribution to the TEP, which is campaigning to stop bills that would let adoption agencies block LGBT+ people and defy a 2015 federal ruling allowing same-sex marriage.

The donation was announced by Chris Sanders, who leads the project.

TEP gave the name to a series of bills introduced in the legislature that would hurt the LGBTQ community.

"I am so grateful that they're giving all people a place to worship", she continues.

According to Page Six, Swift donated some $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) this Monday, April 8.

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The TEP Foundation is the rights organizations educational arm, providing programming across the state to inform citizens.

On the donation, Sanders said, "Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community".

Taylor's relative silence around the 2016 election opened her up to charges from many fans and cultural critics that she was too disengaged from real-life concerns. As we reported, Swift broke her apolitical stance in October, encouraging her 115 million followers to get up and vote in the midterms.

"I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG", she said in that post. "I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent". Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. She voted against equal pay for women. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. "These are not MY Tennessee values", Swift wrote at the time.

Bredesen lost the election, but the woke star's post made a historic voter impact: a day later, Vote.org's director of communications revealed that the website was "up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period".

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