Taylor Swift has joined the battle to struggle what LGBTQ activists deem a “slate of hate” payments in Tennessee’s state legislature.
The singer, who lives in Nashville, made a $113,000 donation to Tennessee Equality Project, an LGBTQ advocacy group, on Monday.
According to the group’s petition, the 12 payments — six within the House and 6 within the Senate — “promote discrimination rather than justice and demean the worth of LGBTQ people in our state.”
The proposed laws contains payments that might ban same-sex marriage within the state, defend adoption businesses that don’t need to place youngsters with LGBTQ mother and father and make it a criminal offense for transgender folks to make use of locker rooms that match their gender identities.
Chris Sanders, who leads the mission, introduced Swift’s donation in a Facebook put up, the place he connected a picture of the letter that accompanied her donation.
“Taylor Swift has been a long-time ally to the LGBTQ community,” Sanders wrote within the Facebook post. “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.”
In Swift’s letter, dated April eight, she stated that she felt “inspired” by the group’s work combating a proposed sequence of anti-LGBTQ payments within the Tennessee General Assembly.
“I’m writing you to say that I’m so impressed by the work you do, particularly in organizing the latest petition of Tennessee religion leaders standing up in opposition to the “slate of hate” in our state legislature,” she 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.”
Swift joins a handful of different opponents of the proposed laws, including more than 120 faith leaders across the state who in March signed a statement denouncing the anti-LGBTQ measures.
“They promote discrimination rather than justice and demean the worth of LGBTQ people in our state,” the assertion declares. “We call on people of good will to join us in speaking out for basic fairness.”
The ACLU has additionally condemned the laws.
Swift’s donation is the newest in a slew of political statements she has made since breaking her long-held silence on political issues in October.
“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 I feel differently about that now,” Swift wrote in a put up on her Instagram web page simply forward of the 2018 midterm elections.
In the 2018 put up, she additionally introduced her assist for Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Phil Bredesen. Though Bredesen lost to Republican Marsha Blackburn, a Trump loyalist and eight-term congresswoman, Swift’s endorsement nonetheless ignited motion.
The website Vote.org reported that greater than 65,000 folks registered to vote across the nation within the 24-hour interval after Swift made her political put up.
Not lengthy after, Swift additionally inspired her huge fanbase to participate in early voting.