Tegan and Sara launch foundation to support LGBT+ women
Lesbian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara have launched their own charitable foundation to help LGBT+ women and girls.
The twins, who have each been longtime campaigners on LGBT+ issues announced the creation of their foundation.
According to the foundation website, it aims to work to a “commitment to feminism and racial, social and gender justice.”
“Since the beginning of our career, our LGBTQ fans have supported us in innumerable ways,” a statement on the foundation’s website reads.
“Our journey navigating sexism and homophobia in the music industry has always been interwoven with the stories you share with us.”
It continues: “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 GLAAD media award winning duo continue: “We learned a great deal from you all, including much more about the needs of LGBTQ people in North America.
“We learned that the lack of federal funding for LGBTQ services, limited training for doctors about the needs of their LGBTQ patients and severe workplace discrimination are disproportionately affecting women. Most importantly, we learned that LGBTQ women and girls are feeling overwhelmingly rejected and left behind.”
Lesbian twin pop duo Tegan and Sara previously opened up about their childhood, in a video for the It Got Better campaign.
The identical twins, from Calgary, Canada, have been writing music since age 15, and are vocal LGBT activists.
They publicly supported the decision of trans activist Freddie Bologno to come out to 2.4 million people in a single text message.