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Taylor Swift donates to LGBTQ advocacy group with handwritten note

Singer Taylor Swift donated $113,000 to a LGBTQ advocacy group in her home state of Tennessee this week along with a handwritten note thanking the policy group for organizing against the "'Slate of Hate' in our state legislature."

The Tennessee Equality Project's leader Chris Sanders shared Swift's note on Facebook.

"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," the "Bad Blood" singer wrote. "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."

Until late last year, Swift avoided taking political positions. Ahead of the midterm elections, she broke her silence by endorsing former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) over then-Rep. and now Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R) in the state’s Senate race. She included support for LGBTQ rights among her reasons. 

She has since said she is "finding [her] voice" in politics and wants to get more involved. 

The Tennessee Equality Project and other LGBTQ advocacy organizations refer to several bills up for debate in the Tennessee legislature as the "Slate of Hate." 

More than 100 faith leaders in Tennessee recently signed a letter denouncing the proposed bills, according to NBC News.

 


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