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Gay Iconography: Tegan and Sara Bring LGBT Visibility 'Closer' To Pop

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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.

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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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Tegan and Sara 'Shudder to Think' for 'Dallas Buyers Club': AUDIO

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The soundtrack for Dallas Buyers Club, the drama about cowboy, drug-user, and battler of AIDS Ron Woodroof, features an 80's-inspired track from Tegan and Sara, which is something to look forward to around Halloween-time. It's out October 29.

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Tegan and Sara's Dogs Play Spin the Bottle in Adorable Remake of 'Closer' Video: WATCH

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In a new video for The Pet Collective, Tegan and Sara head out to do a sound check and in the meantime, their dogs throw a house party, making a shot-by-shot remake of the duo's hit video "Closer".

You know when the Corgi comes over, things are going to get wild.

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Tegan and Sara Get 'Closer' to Taylor Swift: VIDEO

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Lesbian duo Tegan and Sara joined Taylor Swift at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night for a performance of their hit "Closer".

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Tegan and Sara Join Macklemore for 'Same Love' Performance at Osheaga Music Fest: VIDEO

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Lesbian pop duo Tegan and Sara joined Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal on Saturday for a performance of his equality anthem "Same Love".

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