Published Dec 19, 2016Tegan and Sara have launched a foundation to support LGBTQ girls and women. Simply dubbed the Tegan and Sara Foundation, their mission is "to fight for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women."
In a letter on their website, sisters Tegan and Sara Quinn explain that they were inspired by the conversations they had with fans, activists, researchers, legislators and non-profit organizations while touring in support of Love You to Death.
They were made aware of the lack of funding for LGBTQ services, limited training for doctors with LGBTQ patients, workplace discrimination, and a general pattern of "feeling overwhelmingly rejected and left behind."
The final portion of the letter addresses how the organization intends to push back. It reads:
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.
You can read the full letter here, and find out more about the Tegan and Sara Foundation by visiting the organization's official website.