During their Junos speech, Tegan and Sara address Alberta policies impacting trans youth.


During the Juno Awards held in Halifax on Sunday evening, Tegan and Sara, the Calgary-raised pop duo, received a standing ovation for their outspokenness against proposed policies by Alberta’s government affecting transgender youth.

Accepting the Juno Humanitarian Award for their relentless advocacy for LGBTQ2 people, Sara Quin expressed, “If the world were not so hostile to 2SLGBTQ+ people, we would see ourselves purely as musicians.” She emphasized their commitment to combatting any form of discrimination jeopardizing their community’s well-being, including the Alberta government’s efforts to hinder trans youth from accessing essential care.

Tegan and Sara were presented with the award by actor Elliot Page, known for his roles in “Juno,” “Inception,” and “The Umbrella Academy,” who publicly came out as transgender in 2020.

This winter, Premier Danielle Smith unveiled a series of proposed policies via social media targeting transgender youth in Alberta. These policies include requiring parental notification or consent for children seeking to change their names or pronouns at school, imposing restrictions on hormone therapy and surgery for transgender youth, and establishing new regulations for transgender athletes in sports competitions.

In response to Tegan and Sara’s speech at the Juno Awards, Sam Blackett, the premier’s press secretary, reiterated the government’s commitment to providing support for the transgender community while emphasizing the need to preserve children and youth’s choices before making potentially life-altering decisions.

Tegan and Sara, identical twin sisters born and raised in Calgary, condemned the recent policy proposals as a “movement against trans youth,” urging citizens not to remain complacent but to stand up and voice concerns on critical issues like climate change, the fentanyl crisis, and housing.

Health Minister Adriana LaGrange, when asked about the Junos speech at a separate news conference, emphasized the importance of ensuring that youth are well-informed and protected during their formative years, expressing disagreement with the statements made by Tegan and Sara.


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