American singer Taylor Swift has always been generous and this time, she showed her generosity donating almost $113,000 to Tennessee LGBTQ Rights Organization named Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) on Monday.
Along with donating a big sum of money, she also hand-wrote a note where she expressed how much the organization inspires her with their work.
Well, the executive director of TEP Chris Sanders too expressed gratification on behalf of the organization and posted Taylor's letter on the official Facebook page of the organization.
Well, apart from her recent philanthropy, the 29 years old singer, who always keeps herself away from political ideologies, spoke for the first time about the 2018 midterm elections in November.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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 in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!
Through her Instagram post on Oct 7, the singer urged her fans to get up and vote and not stand idly by.
Further, the singer also explained why she decided for the first time to give her political opinions. A couple of days later, Swift posted another photo where she is seen holding American flag next to Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate sign.
Well, Phil lost the election, but reports suggested that Taylor had a major impact on a majority of people who went up registering to vote. As per the reports, within 24 hours of Taylor's post, there were over 65,000 registrations.
Talking to BuzzFeed News on Oct. 8, Vote.org's director of communications Kamari Guthrie said,
We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post.