Taylor Swift donates $113,000 to Tennessee Equality Project

Posted at 9:12 PM, Apr 08, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Music superstar Taylor Swift has donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project.

TEP Executive Director Chris Sanders posted a letter to Facebook Monday evening written by Swift.

In the letter, Swift acknowledged TEP for their organizing the recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders standing up against the "slate of hate" in the Tennessee legislature.

TEP gave the name to a series of bills introduced in the legislature that would hurt the LGBTQ community.

Swift praised faith leaders in the letter writing "I'm so grateful that they're giving all people a place to worship."

NewsChannel 5 spoke with Sanders who says he was overwhelmed when he received Swift's letter.

"I just couldn't believe that she had seen the work that was going on and all the negative bills we're facing," said Sanders, "it just means so much to us that we got noticed and getting this level of support."

Tennessee Equality Project says several measures target the LGBTQ community. The so-called "locker room" bill passed in the House last night. The bill's sponsor says it aims to clarify indecent exposure acts, to include incidents happening in a restroom, locker room, or area designated for single-sex use.

"It certainly helps and when she [Taylor] lends her name to the cause it draws attention of others and now is the time to focus on this," said Sanders.