Indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara have announced the Tegan and Sara Foundation to support and advocate for LGBTQ girls and women.
The twin sisters and bandmates have been writing music together since they were teenagers and have since released eight studio albums together, most recently Love You to Death in June 16 (Vapor / Sire Records). Over the years they been have been outspoken about issues facing women and the LGBTQ community, in their music and otherwise. In 2014 they won the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Music Artist.
In a letter posted on the foundation’s website, the sisters describe how they were inspired to create the foundation during their North American tour for Love You to Death. Throughout their time on the road they met and heard from fans, activists, non-profits and others working to support LGBTQ equality.
From the letter:
“LGBTQ women are experiencing disproportionately high levels of poverty, health issues and inequality. LGBTQ women of color, especially transgender women often experience these issues even more severely due to racism and transphobia. Today, given the state of politics in the United States, we must continue to unite and fight for our rights and against all forms of oppression.
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. 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.”