Taylor Swift donates $113K to Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group


FILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas. Swift helped a friend and fan propose to his boyfriend. Alex Goldschmidt posted video on Instagram of the surprise as he got engaged to Ross Girard at the Sycamore […]

Music superstar Taylor Swift says the efforts of a Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group to fight a handful of contentious bills moving inside the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly inspired her to make a sizeable donation.

According to the Tennessee Equality Project, Swift donated $113,000 to the organization on Monday. The group posted a handwritten letter from Swift, who cited a recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders who oppose a series of bills they say target LGBTQ individuals.

Swift praised the religious leaders for giving all people a place to worship and for “standing up against the ‘Slate of Hate’ in our state legislature.”

The bills include allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples and preventing government agencies from considering a business’s nondiscrimination policies when selecting a contract.

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