Pop star Taylor Swift is putting her money where her mouth is: The 10-time Grammy winner just made a sizeable donation to an LGBTQ nonprofit in GOP-controlled Tennessee.
According to Page Six, Swift donated some $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) this Monday, April 8. The donation also included a handwritten letter from Swift thanking the organization for its ongoing fight to prevent anti-LGBTQ bills from becoming law in Tennessee.
In her letter, Swift also praised a handful of local faith leaders from Tennessee’s religious community who petitioned against the bills. “I’m so grateful that they’re giving all people a place to worship,” she wrote.
The Tennessee bills in question—collectively nicknamed the “Slate of Hate”—includes an “indecent exposure” bill designed to target trans and gender non-conforming people statewide. In March, Kasey Suffredini, president of strategy at Freedom For All Americans, told NewNowNext that this bill could make the Volunteer State “the next North Carolina.”
In a statement to Out and About Nashville, TEP Executive Director Chris Sanders confirmed the scope of Swift’s sizeable donation and thanked the 29-year-old singer for being a vocal ally to the queer community.
“Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community,” Sanders said. “She sees our struggle in Tennessee and continues to add her voice with so many good people, including religious leaders, who are speaking out for love in the face of fear.”
No, those aren’t teardrops on my guitar. No way.