April 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Taylor Swift donates $113,000 to Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group
Taylor Swift. (Photo by Glenn Francis/Pacific Pro Digital Photography via Wikimedia Commons)

Taylor Swift donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project on Monday along with a handwritten note on how a petition signed by more than 100 Tennessee faith leaders inspired her to show her support.

Chris Sanders, Tennessee Equality Project’s leader, posted the note to the organization’s Facebook group.

“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,” Swift writes.”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.”

The Tennessee Equality Project is fighting a series of bills, which some refer to as the “Slate of Hate,” that would target LGBTQ individuals. One bill would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples on the basis of religious beliefs. Another bill would ban gay marriage in Tennessee while another would prevent government agencies from considering a business’s nondiscrimination policies before selecting a contract.

Swift was known for not speaking out about her political beliefs but last year she publicly endorsed former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) over former Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), who won the seat, in the Senate race. She cited Blackburn’s anti-LGBT views as part of the reason she supported Bredesen.

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