Berita terbaru datang dari bintang terkenal dunia, Taylor Swift. Dipetik dari Rolling Stone, pelantun “Look What You Made Me Do” ini baru saja mendermakan wang dengan jumlah yang tinggi untuk kaum Lesbian, Gay, Biseksual, Transgender, dan Queer (LGBTQ).
Diketahui, penanyi berusia 29 tahun ini mendermakan sebanyak US$ 113 ribu (sekitar RM 450 Ribu) untuk organisasi pembela hak-hak kaum LGBTQ, Tennessee Equality Project. Ketua lembaga organisasi ini, Chris Sanders, tak segan berkongsi surat dari Taylor Swift.
Dalam surat yang ditulis tangan tersebut, kekasih Joe Alwyn ini menyampaikan sokongannya secara penuh pada Tennessee Equality Project.
Taylor has donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project who advocate for the equal rights of LGBTQ people in Tennessee
“Taylor Swift has been a long time ally to the LGBTQ community. She sees our struggle in TN and continues to add her voice.”
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) April 8, 2019
Menurut Chris Sanders, Taylor memang penyokong keserataan hak. Apalagi kaum LGBTQ di Tennessee pernah mengalami diskriminasi yang cukup membimbangkan.
Dalam sudut yang berbeza, ini bukanlah kali pertama Taylor menunjukkan sokongannya pada kaum LGBTQ. Melalui akaun Instagram miliknya, pelantun “Delicate” ini tak ragu menyebutkan siapa senator pilihannya di Amerika Syarikat yang akan di adakan November tahun lalu.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
Menurutnya, nilai utama yang diukur dalam memilih pemimpin adalah masalah hak asasi manusia. Dalam keterangan muatnaiknya, Taylor berkata bahawa dia akan memberikan suaranya pada calon yang tidak mendiskriminasi kaum, gender, dan LGBTQ.