Taylor Swift Donates $113,000 to Fight Anti-LGBT Legislation in Tennessee

Pop music icon Taylor Swift yesterday donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project to help in the fight against anti-LGBT legislation, the Tennessean reports. The donation included a handwritten letter to the organization’s executive director Chris Sanders saying: “Dear Chris, 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 … Please convey my heartfelt thanks to them and accept this donation to support the work you and those leaders are doing.” Sanders said that Swift has long been an ally of the Tennessee LGBT community.

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Pelosi Intends to Advance Equality Act as House Speaker

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is making the Equality Act -- which would ban anti-LGBT discrimination under federal law -- a priority in legislation she hopes to pass in an upcoming session, The Washington Blade reports. While Pelosi maintains the measure has bipartisan support, the two Republicans who co-sponsored the bill are no longer in Congress. When asked by the Blade what she meant by bipartisan support, Pelosi replied: “the bill has and will continue to have bipartisan support.” The act is expected to cruise through the Democratic House but will likely face an uphill battle in the Senate.

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