Taylor Swift filled in the blank space of a check with a very generous amount.
The 29-year-old singer donated $113,000 to an LGBTQ organization called the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) on Monday and penned in a handwritten note why she felt so “inspired by the work” they do. Chris Sanders, who is TEP’s executive director, posted a photo of Swift’s letteronto the organization’s Facebook page and praised the singer for her gift.
“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 began her letter. “Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them and accept this donation to support the work you and these leaders are doing.”
The “Delicate” singer added, “I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship.”
Sanders said in his caption that TEP was “honored and grateful” for her note and donation.
Swift’s donation to TEP aligns with the values that she spoke about in her Instagram post.
“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she wrote. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
“Vote based on who most closely represents your values,” Swift wrote.
Two days later, Swift posted a photo holding an American flag standing next to a Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate sign.
She made good on that promise and donated a “generous” amount of money to Mariska Hargitay’s charity called the Joyful Heart Foundation just a few days later.
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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. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
“I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, or the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed,” she told a crowd in Tampa at her concert one year after the verdict.
She opened up to her fans, “And I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my like would have taken if people didn’t believe me when I said that something had happened to me.”