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New LGBT Leaders Under 40

By Charlotte Robinson, April 03, 2013
It’s refreshing to see young hot lesbians gracing the cover of The Advocate Magazine’s 5th Annual 40 Under 40 Issue. Musicians Tegan & Sara with their seventh album “Heartthrob” & a decade-plus experience under their belts, lead the pack of accomplished LGBT leaders in politics, sports, science, religion & the arts under the age 40. The dynamic pair recently talked with The Advocate’s editor in chief Matthew Breen about their skyrocketing careers, the struggles on whether they should come out publicly & separating their music & politics. Tegan & Sara are 32 year-old lesbian twin sisters from Western Canada & have been entertaining queer & folk/indie rock fans for over 10 years. They’ve been writing music for a full half of their lives & were signed to a record deal at the tender age of 19. Almost immediately upon signing with Vapor Records, the label run by Neil Young’s manager, Elliot Roberts, they saw press requests flooding in & they had to contend with being out publicly. That’s when the pair had an illuminating conversation with Roberts that would shape the trajectory of their career. Tegan stated, “We were almost asking for permission from him, like, ‘Is it OK? Are we going to hurt our career? It’s so significant to me now to look back at that moment because what Elliot said to us could have steered us in a very different direction. He just said, ‘Be yourselves. If you’re gay, you should be comfortable, you should talk about yourselves. These are your experience & your stories & your songs. And being authentic & being transparent with people is what’s going to connect them to you.’ And so off we went…I’m so glad that Elliot said that.”
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