Tegan and Sara launch foundation for LGBTQ women

The nonprofit foundation will lobby for "economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women".

Tegan and Sara have launched their own nonprofit foundation aimed at achieving “economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women”.

The Canadian twin sisters, who released eighth album ‘Love You To Death’ this year, said in a statement that the foundation will help them to fight for LGBTQ equality in a more “proactive” manner.

“LGBTQ women are experiencing disproportionately high levels of poverty, health issues and inequality,” they explained in the statement. “LGBTQ women of color [sic], 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.”

They continued: “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 [sic] 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,” they added. “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.”

Tegan and Sara will return to the UK in February for a five-date tour calling in at London, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Birmingham.