Indie pop queens and true sister act Tegan and Sara have announced the launch of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which specifically benefits LGBT women, young and adults.
In a statement on he foundation's new website, the duo explained the disparagement in female representation in the LGBTQ community--included discrimination in the work place, as well as health care services.
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.
The musicians added how direly enhanced the crisis is by the shift in our country's political landscape in the past two months.
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.
Read the full letter here, and donate to the cause.