Tegan and Sara found group to fight for equality for LGBTQ women


Power pop duo Tegan and Sara have revealed a new foundation that will advocate for the rights of LGBTQ women and girls in North America.

The Tegan and Sara Foundation has been established with the goal to “fight for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.”

The out and proud identical twin sisters revealed in a statement that meeting fans on their latest tour taught them about the growing needs of LGBTQ people in the USA and North America.

“Since the beginning of our career, our LGBTQ fans have supported us in innumerable ways. Our journey navigating sexism and homophobia in the music industry has always been interwoven with the stories you share with us. Your personal histories of injustice and discrimination at home, school, work, and church have inspired us to use our public status to speak out about the struggles of the LGBTQ community,” the statement reads.

The pair are particularly concerned by reports of disproportionately high levels of poverty and health issues among women, as well as the additional racism and transphobia faced by queer women of colour and trans women.

“Through the Tegan and Sara Foundation, we can be proactive with our support rather than wait to react to discrimination as it occurs. We will support the work of other organizations who have been fighting for LGBTQ and women’s rights by raising funds and awareness for their initiatives. We will fight against the repressive legislation of the incoming Trump administration,” the statement continues.

“We will fight against regressive homophobic, transphobic, and misogynistic legislation. We will fight for economic, racial and gender justice. We started the Foundation to dismantle the systems of inequity that prevent LGBTQ girls and women from reaching their full potential. Together, we can make a difference.”

Tegan and Sara will also be paying a visit to Australia next year, with an east coast tour and a special performance at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

OIP Staff

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