WATCH: Lesbian twins Tegan and Sara discuss the struggles of growing up gay for the It Got Better Campaign
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WATCH: Lesbian twins Tegan and Sara discuss the struggles of growing up gay for the It Got Better Campaign

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:31 Written by // Sabine Brix

Identical twins and songwriters Tegan and Sara are the latest celebrities to lend their voices to the It Got Better Campaign, discussing how they came to terms with their sexuality during adolescence.

In a candid interview the Canadian twins talk about growing up in Calgary and realising they were gay.

Sara says: "I can remember the transition from gender and being different, to knowing there was something about my girl friends that I liked more than my boy friends.”

Communicating with her mother during her coming out phase was also difficult for Sara.

"I had a girlfriend who was spending all her time at my place. My mother started to ask questions, and finally she just was like ‘are you dating?’

“I was really surprised by her reaction – she was really disappointed, incredibly uncomfortable and didn’t want my girlfriend over any more. We had heated arguments, she really struggled.”

Now the musicians use their identity to help inspire others.

“I choose to be a visible minority every day, I come out every day,” Tegan said.

 “I actively look for ways now to talk about who I am because I want to live as openly as I can, but I also want to inspire those for who living and being themselves is a tremendous effort, and takes a tremendous amount of courage.”

Watch the video here.

 

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Sabine Brix

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Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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