Lesbian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara start a foundation to help queer women

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DOVER, DE - JUNE 21: Sara Quin and Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara pose backstage during day 3 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 21, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival)

The twins, who have each been longtime campaigners on LGBT+ issues announced the creation of their foundation. The website of this foundation says that it is going to tackle sexism, racism and homophobia. “Since the beginning of our career, our LGBTQ fans have supported us in innumerable ways,” a statement on the foundation’s website reads. “Our journey navigating sexism and homophobia in the music industry has always been interwoven with the stories you share with us.” It continues: “Your personal histories of injustice and discrimination at home, school, work, and church have inspired us to use our public status to speak out about the struggles of the LGBTQ community.” The GLAAD media award winning duo continue: “We learned a great deal from you all, including much more about the needs of LGBTQ people in North America. “We learned 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. Most importantly, we learned that LGBTQ women and girls are feeling overwhelmingly rejected and left behind.”

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