When actress Ellen Page made headlines coming out earlier this year, she name-dropped a few notable out celebrities, including football star Michael Sam and recent Time Magazine covergirl Laverne Cox. While those names are familiar (especially to readers of this blog), she also gave a shout-out to musicians Tegan and Sara Quin.
They may not have the name recognition as the traditional spate of gay icons, but Tegan and Sara have been providing the soundtrack to many an awkward adolescence since the release of their official debut full-length album in 1999. The lesbian twin sisters have spoken openly about their sexuality while building a career on expertly-crafted songs ranging from folk to rock to pop.
“As a political person who makes popular music that has nothing to do with politics,” Sara told The Advocate last year, “I think it’s important to be visible and have my politics be visible in appropriate ways offstage. I don’t want to make a political record, but I’m going to leave a political record offstage.”
Though certainly not as widely celebrated in the gay community as classic Judys or Madonnas, the Sisters Quin have become champions for many indie, oddball LGBT youth. The band’s signature humor, positivity and vulnerable songwriting keeps growing their fanbase as their profile continues to rise.
Enjoy some of our favorite Tegan and Sara tunes and clips, AFTER THE JUMP ...