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 been openly gay 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.