SEPTEMBER 19: Tegan and Sara (1980-)
Happy birthday to Tegan and Sara!! The twin sisters that make up every lesbian’s favorite indie band turn 37-years-old today!
The duo’s latest album, Love You To Death, was released in 2016 (x).
Tegan and Sara Quinn were born on September 19, 1980 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They were both musically inclined from an early age and began playing guitar at the age of 15. While still in high school, they formed a band called Plunk and recorded two demo albums using their school’s recording studio. They won the 1998 Garage Wars competition and used the reward of studio time to record their first album under the name Sara and Tegan, which was later changed to the catchier Tegan and Sara. To date, the sisters have released 3 full length albums and multiple EPs.
Both Tegan and Sara are out lesbians and have been heavily involved with various LGBT organizations and rights campaigns throughout the years. In 2013, they won the award for Outstanding Music Artist at the GLAAD Media Awards and performed at the Toronto Pride festival a year later. More recently, the two have spoken out against North Carolina’s HB2, the transgender bathroom bill, and performed at The Orange Peel concert where proceeds were donated to the Equality North Carolina organization. In December of 2016, the Tegan and Sara Foundation was created in order to fight for “economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.”