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Taylor Swift crammed within the clean area of a verify with a really beneficiant quantity.
The 29-year-old singer donated $113,000 to an LGBTQ group known as the Tennessee Equality Undertaking (TEP) on Monday and penned in a handwritten observe why she felt so “impressed by the work” they do. Chris Sanders, who’s TEP’s government director, posted a photograph of Swift’s letter onto the group’s Fb web page and praised the singer for her reward.
“I am writing you to say that I am so impressed by the work you do, particularly in organizing the latest petition of Tennessee religion leaders standing up towards the ‘slate of hate’ in our state legislature,” Swift started her letter. “Please convey my heartfelt because of them and settle for this donation to assist the work you and these leaders are doing.”
The “Delicate” singer added, “I am so grateful that they are giving all folks a spot to worship.”
Sanders stated in his caption that TEP was “honored and grateful” for her observe and donation.
“Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ group. She sees our battle in Tennessee and continues so as to add her voice with so many good folks, together with spiritual leaders, who’re talking out for love within the face of concern,” Sanders wrote.
He continued, “Tennessee Equality Undertaking is honored and grateful to disclose Taylor Swift has made a donation of $113,000 to assist our efforts at this important second.”
Swift, a proud Tennessean, broke her ordinary apolitical stance earlier than the 2018 midterm elections in November. On Oct. 7, nearly one month earlier than the midterms, Swift posted a Polaroid photograph of herself on Instagram and urged her 115 million followers to stand up and vote and never stand idly by.
She defined in her caption why she determined to talk up, regardless of beforehand being “reluctant to publicly voice my political views.” It seems that “a number of occasions” in her life and the world modified her thoughts.
Swift’s donation to TEP aligns with the values that she spoke about in her Instagram publish.
“I at all times have and at all times will forged my vote primarily based on which candidate will defend and battle for the human rights I consider all of us deserve on this nation,” she wrote. “I consider within the battle for LGBTQ rights, and that any type of discrimination primarily based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I consider that the systemic racism we nonetheless see on this nation in the direction of folks of colour is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
She went on, “I can not vote for somebody who is not going to be prepared to battle for dignity for ALL People, regardless of their pores and skin colour, gender or who they love.”
The Grammy Award winner publicly endorsed Senate candidate Phil Bredesen over Marsha Blackburn, whose “voting report appalls and terrifies [Swift].” Sure, Swift desires to see extra girls in workplace however Blackburn’s political actions triggered Swift to suppose in any other case.
“Vote primarily based on who most intently represents your values,” Swift wrote.
Two days later, Swift posted a photograph holding an American flag standing subsequent to a Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate signal.
Bredesen misplaced the election, however her social media publish had a main optimistic affect on the quantity of individuals registering to vote. Vote.org’s director of communications Kamari Guthrie advised BuzzFeed Information on Oct. 8, “We’re as much as 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour interval since T. Swift’s publish.”
Swift made one other symbolic transfer in 2017 after profitable her lawsuit towards former DJ David Mueller, whom she accused of groping her in 2013. Swift was awarded a “symbolic” $1 within the case and pledged to donate cash to organizations targeted on sexual assault victims.
“I simply take into consideration all of the folks that weren’t believed and the individuals who have not been believed, or the people who find themselves afraid to talk up as a result of they suppose they will not be believed,” she advised a crowd in Tampa at her live performance one yr after the decision.
She opened as much as her followers, “And I simply wished to say I am sorry to anybody who ever wasn’t believed as a result of I do not know what flip my like would have taken if folks did not consider me after I stated that one thing had occurred to me.”
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