Video of the Day: Tegan and Sara Offer Advice to LGBTQ Women

“We want to make it so that when LGBTQ women wake up and go about their day, their lives are not any harder or different because of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Tegan and Sara recently launched their own non-profit dedicated to the funding and supporting of LGBTQ girls and women, and GO was lucky enough to be at the first-ever Tegan and Sara Foundation symposium last month. While there, the twin musicians recorded this video which offers advice from some successful queer women (themselves included) on how to be happy, healthy and driven.

“We want to make it so that when LGBTQ women wake up and go about their day, their lives are not any harder or different because of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Tegan and Sara told Noisey. “This means equality in economics, health and representation. … We also want to focus on LGBTQ women of color and transgender women because research undeniably shows they are the most marginalized and in need. The barriers we hope to address are areas that many of us don’t think about or take for granted–for example, the discrimination LGBTQ girls and women experience at concerts, when watching television, or trying to get an annual health exam. We want to see studios promote positive storylines and narratives for LGBTQ girls and women because there are badass LGBTQ women in history and today–let’s tell those stories! We want to see every doctor in the U.S. and Canada use the correct pronouns when speaking to their patients. We want to see LGBTQ women bring their significant others to company parties without fear of losing their jobs.”