Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Urges Passage of the Equality Act

Noted LGBT advocate Taylor Swift on Friday urged the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act, a bill that prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit and the jury system, the Tennessean reports. Passed in the U.S. House by a 236 – 173 margin, the legislation faces an uphill battle in the conservative Senate with President Trump reportedly also opposing the measure. In addition to her social media post, Swift also penned a letter to Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander asking him to support the Act. It is not known when the bill will be heard by the Senate.

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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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