Musicians and siblings Tegan and Sara have recently announced the launch of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, a new organization aimed at protecting and fighting for the rights of LGBTQ women and girls.
“LGBTQ women are experiencing disproportionately high levels of poverty, health issues and inequality,” reads a letter posted to the foundation’s website. “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 Quin sisters’ last album, Love You to Death, they embarked on a “listening and learning” tour, during which they met with local fans, activists, researchers, legislators, and nonprofits focusing on LGBTQ issues. On that tour, they learned, among other things, “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.”
The letter continues, “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.”
Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more.