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2024 Junos: Canadian duo Tegan and Sara slam Alberta's 'hostile' proposed policies for trans youth in award speech

Tegan and Sara called out a province's 'hostile' proposed policies affecting trans youth at the 2024 Juno Awards.

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26:  Musicians Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin of Tegan and Sara attend the
Musicians Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin of 'Tegan and Sara' slammed the Alberta government's proposed policies affecting trans youth as they received a humanitarian award at the 2024 JUNOS in Halifax. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)

At the 2024 Juno Awards held in Halifax on Sunday, Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara used their spotlight moment to make a powerful statement against the Alberta government's proposed changes to policies affecting transgender youth.

Their acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award, presented by Canadian actor and transgender rights advocate Elliot Page, emphasized their advocacy for 2SLGBTQ+ rights and their unwavering support for the transgender community.

As they stepped onto the stage, the Quin sisters didn't hold back in their critique of the province's proposed policies.

"Receiving this recognition is meaningful but also a reflection of the complexities our community faces today. If the world were not so hostile to 2SLGBT+ people, we would see ourselves purely as musicians," Sara Quin said.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA - MARCH Tegan and Sara call out Alberta government's recent policies affecting transgender youth in 2024 Juno Award acceptance speech (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images): (L-R) Tegan Quin and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara speak onstage during the 2024 JUNO Awards at Scotiabank Centre on March 24, 2024 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Tegan and Sara called out Alberta government's recent policies affecting transgender youth. (Cindy Ord/Getty)

"We are dedicated to confronting any form of discrimination that threatens the wellbeing of the community. Threats like the Alberta government's attempting to prevent trans youth from accessing vital care," she added.

The proposed policies in question include limitations on hormonal treatments, puberty blockers and gender-affirming surgeries for minors. These legislative measures have sparked a national conversation about the rights and protections owed to transgender and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

Tegan and Sara call out Alberta government's recent policies affecting transgender youth in 2024 Juno Award acceptance speech (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Elliot Page, Tegan and Sara call out Alberta government's recent policies affecting transgender youth in 2024 Juno Award acceptance speech (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Following the sisters' speech, fans praised them for speaking out.

"Tegan and Sara slamming the Alberta government for their transphobic agenda live at the JUNOS just added 10 years to my life," a fan penned on X (formerly known as Twitter).

"Real talk: Tegan and Sara were hugely influential and important to me while I was a teen deep in the closet figuring it out. Feeling so proud watching them win a humanitarian award for LGBTQ+ activism on the other side of it all," a fan wrote.

"Tegan and Sara are appropriately qualified to weigh in on this debate… They are from here, having grown up in Calgary, and no doubt know better than most Canadians just what an appalling government we now have in Alberta, on this and many other issues,’" another person mentioned on X.

"Tegan and Sara for president TBH," someone else shared.

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