The Tegan & Sara Foundation, A New Organization To Help LGBTQ Girls And Women.
The sibling indie duo Tegan and Sara have been making music together since 1995, but on Monday, they announced a new turn to their career with the Tegan and Sara Foundation, a new organization determined to fight for economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.
Their new foundation, which is working in partnership and solidarity with other organizations fighting for LGBTQ and women’s right, ‘is founded on a commitment to feminism and racial, social and gender justice’ and promises to fight ‘the inequality that prevents LGBTQ girls and women from reaching their full potential.‘
The two sisters, who are openly gay, are explaining in a letter what led them to this new project: ‘Our journey navigating sexism and homophobia in the music industry has always been interwoven with the stories you share with us. 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.’
‘Our fans not only support us, but each other as well. We see hope and strength in our community, whether through every day acts of kindness or through the power of mobilizing behind a common cause. Therefore, it is with deep gratitude and pride that we commit ourselves further to the fight for justice, equality and progress.’
They continued by explaining that ‘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.’
Obviously, anyone can appreciate such a courageous initiative made by the duo, although they focus on what concern them, like anyone else. I would say that this move just confirms a trend I have noticed repeatedly: everyone is exclusively playing for his or her little niche, and is eventually helping his or her little clique. If you go to a show and if the performer happens to be gay, there are a lot of chances you will be surrounded by gay people and why is that? Believe me I have been to enough Perfume Genius and Le Tigre shows to know what I am talking about. Should the music be associated with a sexual orientation? Shouldn’t art be universal? It also works with ethnicity, if there is an Asian guy in a band, there are Asian people all over the place, and it works every time for any ethnic group. We have lost any global reach in art and music.
I just wonder how many straight people Tegan and Sara could count among their fans,.. probably not a lot and it’s obviously quite logical they have decided to help their audience, but have you noticed that the Foundation is even focusing on girls and women, and that men are not even considered? This foundation is a generous initiative, but it is just another confirmation of our very fragmented world.