About the Tegan and Sara Foundation
The Tegan and Sara Foundation works for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. We work in partnership and solidarity with other organizations fighting for LGBTQ and women's rights, raising funds and awareness. Our mission is founded on a commitment to feminism and racial, social and gender justice. We are fighting the inequality that prevents LGBTQ girls and women from reaching their full potential.
LGBTQ girls and women are disproportionately affected by poverty. 23% of lesbian women live in poverty. Women of color are 3 times more likely to live in poverty than white, LGB women. Transgender women are four times more likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed. One in five transgender women have reported being homeless at some point in their lives.
LGBTQ women have higher rates of obesity, gynecological cancer, depression, suicide and tobacco/alcohol abuse. Discriminatory laws, provider bias, insurance exclusions and inadequate reproductive health coverage leave 29% of LGBTQ women struggling to pay for health insurance.
Less than 1% of TV characters are lesbian. Since the start of 2016, 25 queer female characters have been killed on-screen – continuing a decades-long trend.
About Tegan and Sara
Twin sisters born in Canada, Tegan and Sara have sold over 1 million albums, and have received 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination. They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from the 2015 Oscar Telecast to major festivals, such as Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.
Tegan and Sara have openly identified as queer from the beginning of their career in 1998, and have been outspoken feminist advocates for LGBTQ equality and gender justice. The Tegan And Sara Foundation is an extension of their work, identity, and commitment to supporting and building progressive social change.
What does the Tegan and Sara Foundation do?
We use Tegan and Sara's platform to raise awareness and funds for LGBTQ organizations nationwide. We activate and unite influencers, fans and service providers to break down the cultural and institutional barriers that keep lesbian and queer women down, recognizing we are stronger together.
Why LGBTQ girls and women?
The Tegan and Sara Foundation launched in October 2016, following a nationwide “listening and learning tour” where Tegan and Sara met with LGBTQ young people, researchers, legislators and nonprofits who have been at the forefront of supporting the LGBTQ community. They quickly learned that LGBTQ women were underfunded, underrepresented and under researched, so they decided to take action.
Where do donations go?
Donations to the organization fund programs centered on research, public education, support services to build long-term well-being, and advocacy.
Where do you work?
We currently fund organizations in North America but plan to expand in the future.
Who have you worked with/ what have you done?
- Partnered with Zebra Coalition and Orlando LGBTQ Center to expand their counseling services for LGBTQ youth in response to recent spikes in calls to suicide hotlines by LGBTQ young people.
- Rallied against anti-LGBTQ legislation in North Carolina by supporting Equality North Carolina.
- Supported the Audre Lorde Project’s community support initiatives for LGBTQ people, including support circles, health and wellness programming, and safe neighborhood initiatives for LGBTQ people of color.
- Partnered with DonorsChoose.org to increase access to LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in public schools.
- Educated concert attendees about healthcare options for LGBTQ women with educational materials.
- Hosted LGBTQ youth at performances in cities, including Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Orlando.
- Activated fans during Tegan and Sara’s Stop Desire tour to support local LGBTQ organizations.