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For Tegan And Sara, Growing Up As A Lesbian Twin Wasn't Always Easy: VIDEO

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The latest episode of Dan Bucatinsky and Lisa Kudrow’s “How It Got Better” series features twin female indie rockers Tegan and Sara. The other videos so far have featured Jason Collins, George Takei, Laverne Cox, actress Jane Lynch and fashion designer Tim Gunn.

Tegan and Sara grew up preferring boy’s toys and clothing, and their parents — who had to bribe them to wear dresses in family photos — thought it was just a phase. But around age 12, Tegan began to notice feeling differently feelings her female friends.

Sara, simultaneously realizing her own lesbian inclinations, began to feel an uncomfortable around the girls in her school and locker room. Having been a child of the 90s, she looked up to openly bisexual rocker Ani DiFranco and lesbian performers like Melissa Etheridge and k.d. Lang.

Later on, Tegan (the scamp) read her sister’s diary and learned that she was gay, and the two then “beat the crap out of each other.” Tegan felt excited that her twin sister was also gay, but also worried that others would find out. She also feared that others would automatically assume that she’d only identified as lesbian because her twin sister had too.

When Sara began bringing her first girlfriend around,  her mother eventually asked if they were dating. When Sara answered yes, her mom became uncomfortable and told Sara not to bring her girlfriend over anymore, which started heated arguments between the two; her mom eventually became more supportive though.

As the twins entered their 20s, they began to understand that they could mix political messages into their pop music to help create social change, and so they did.

Tegan says, “I don’t think our music is eradicating ignorance and homophobia or sexism. I think it’s just helping people come a little bit further over the line to understanding.”

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  1. Man, I hate it when crabby writers have really terrible grammar. Daniel, dude, proofread.

    Posted by: PepeSF | May 31, 2014 12:20:45 PM


  2. @PEPESF, crabby? really? Did you read the opening paragraph? "AFFLUENT WHITE HOMOSEXUALS" that sounds rather bitchy (or jealous) to me.

    Posted by: 2AMOR | May 31, 2014 12:39:58 PM


  3. @PEPESF, crabby? really? Did you read the opening paragraph? "AFFLUENT WHITE HOMOSEXUALS" that sounds rather bitchy (or jealous) to me.

    Posted by: 2AMOR | May 31, 2014 12:42:46 PM


  4. @PEPESF, crabby? really? Did you read the opening paragraph? "AFFLUENT WHITE HOMOSEXUALS" that sounds rather bitchy (or jealous) to me.

    Posted by: 2AMOR | May 31, 2014 12:42:52 PM


  5. @Zamor, There isn't much difference between crabby and bitchy, so I think you both agree on the tone of the post. The "affluent white homosexual" line was a turnoff.

    Posted by: Brian1 | May 31, 2014 12:43:17 PM


  6. Why open the post by deligitimizing their experience before delving into it as if you care?

    Posted by: Mikey | May 31, 2014 12:54:06 PM


  7. Over-editorializing is a huge turn off.

    Posted by: Bastian | May 31, 2014 12:57:48 PM


  8. "Dan Bucatinsky and Lisa Kudrow’s “How It Got Better” series continues its examination of affluent white homosexuals by featuring twin female indie rockers Tegan and Sara. The other videos so far have featured actress Jane Lynch and fashion designer Tim Gunn."

    Seriously? This is just the third video in the series and already it is getting slammed with snark like this? And even if it wasn't so early, opening with that negativity tends to minimize the rest of the information and the value of the project overall.

    Posted by: Erik | May 31, 2014 1:21:48 PM


  9. Tim Gunn is not a fashion designer, is Danial Villarreal even gay??

    Posted by: Kenn | May 31, 2014 1:37:11 PM


  10. Danial Villarreal, "affluent white homosexuals" REALLY?
    Mmmmmmkay Guuuuuiiiiil???????

    Posted by: WTF21 | May 31, 2014 2:01:30 PM


  11. There is no video!

    Posted by: Scar2 | May 31, 2014 2:24:07 PM


  12. Yeah, where is the video? This is really interesting!

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | May 31, 2014 3:09:00 PM


  13. George Takei and Jason Collins - The New Whites?

    The Canadian twins' video is at http://www.teganandsara.com/it-got-better-episode/

    Posted by: Hue-Man | May 31, 2014 3:13:19 PM


  14. I'm so glad these beautiful, well spoken, talented women are finally bursting into the mainstream. They have been making quality music for a while now, it's nice to see sites like this finally catch on.

    Posted by: Thomas | May 31, 2014 4:29:06 PM


  15. I see no video there at all.

    Posted by: Randy | May 31, 2014 4:43:44 PM


  16. Here is a link:

    http://www.lstudio.com/it-got-better/it-got-better-featuring-tegan-and-sara.html

    Posted by: Randy | May 31, 2014 4:45:39 PM


  17. The post as originally written was unprofessional on multiple levels, so much so that I'd likely not read further work from this author. Disappointing, despite my already low expectations for online journalism.

    Posted by: The milkman | May 31, 2014 5:40:38 PM


  18. Mr. Villarreal seems to think throwing shade is the best way to promote this important project?

    Molly...you in danger girl.

    Posted by: wow | May 31, 2014 7:40:40 PM


  19. Tim Gunn's official occupation is "fashion consultant" which is corporate speak for a management level designer, did you think he got the the job at Parsons because he could sashay, and bend and snap to "Make it work"...are people really this obtuse?

    Posted by: epic | May 31, 2014 11:44:14 PM


  20. Towleroad's been DOA for a while now. Try HOMORAZZI, trying less to pass blogging as journalism and less trolly (yes, it is Rick free!)

    Posted by: Felix | May 31, 2014 11:54:08 PM


  21. Tim Gunn's official occupation is "fashion consultant" which is corporate speak for a management level designer, did you think he got the the job at Parsons because he could sashay, and bend and snap to "Make it work"...are people really this obtuse?

    Posted by: epic | May 31, 2014 11:54:13 PM


  22. This guy "DANIEL VILLAREAL" is a hack!! and no friend to the gay community!! But, no way to communicate that to you!! No comments, no follow up, ZIP! Are you listing? or just rewriting posts?

    Posted by: 2AMOR | Jun 1, 2014 3:15:34 AM


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