Just when I thought Tegan And Sara couldn’t get any bloody more tip-top brilliant, they go ahead and launch their own foundation supporting LGBTQ women.
Welcome to Tegan and Sara Foundation’s official Instagram! We’re a nonprofit organization committed to helping LGBTQ girls and women achieve economic, health and representation equality. The past three months, we’ve been traveling across the US, listening to stories, and learning about the needs of the LGBTQ community. Follow our journey and unite with us to fight for progress, unity, and inclusion. Pictured here: our founders meeting with Governor Kate Brown, the US’ first LGBTQ Governor.
The Tegan and Sara Foundation was launched by the twin sister dream team recently, and will be working alongside and in solidarity with existing organisations and groups to continue the fight for equality for LGBTQ women.
“In the fall of 2016 we traveled across North America touring our new record, Love You to Death. We played shows every night, but it was also an important listening and learning tour for us. Every day we read your letters. We met with local fans, youth activists, researchers, legislators, and nonprofits working tirelessly to promote LGBTQ equality. We were deeply inspired by their work.”
Tegan And Sara have been open about their sexualities for their entire career, which is nearing on 20 years. The twins have been actively working for many years on fighting the good fight against inequality and oppression, and recognise that the foundation is simply an extension of their ongoing support of LGBTQ organisations.
We have been working on a new project – the @teganandsarafoundation. Our mission: to fight for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. Over the years, our LGBTQ fans have supported us in innumerable ways. Your personal histories of injustice and discrimination at home, school, work, and church have always inspired us to use our public status to speak out about the struggles impacting the LGBTQ community. 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. Join us, and learn more about our organization at teganandsarafoundation.org – link in bio. – Tegan and Sara
The duo have also already used the foundation to call out the inequality in many pockets of life including healthcare, housing, and the film & television industry, promising that the foundation will be working tirelessly to stamp out inequality and oppression.
“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.”
For the moment, you can make a one-off donation (or monthly, if you’re able) to the foundation, and sign up to their newsletter. Pretty sure this is going to get some great conversations happening, because artists like Tegan And Sara and Bon Iver are already actively listening and pushing to make a bit of noise with the power they hold.
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