‘I’m so excited to be a queer parent’: Tegan’s Sara Quin and Sara on being a new mom

TORONTO – Sara Quin is beaming as she flips through photos of her newborn son on her phone.

This is the first time the Vancouver-based musician, one half of twin pop duo Tegan and Sara, has been away since he was born 11 weeks ago and he misses him dearly.

“Isn’t he cute?” she asks. “I love him so much.”

“I’m so excited to be a queer parent,” she adds.

Alongside his sister, the 41-year-old singer-songwriter reaches a milestone that is sure to affect their lifelong musical partnership, including how they interact with fans.

As they sit down together to discuss “High School,” a new TV series for Amazon that debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, the conversation turns to how they might navigate their careers. .

“When I think about the next 10 years, it starts now,” Tegan says.

“There are TV projects, graphic novels and books, and Sara has a child…I don’t want to go back to who we were.”

For example, the sisters gave up long touring schedules, and Tegan says she scratched awards off her list after performing “Everything Is Awesome!!!” at the Oscars.

“I want to do art and I want to do things,” she adds.

This includes “High School,” based on their 2019 memoir of the same name. The series is led by TikTok creators Railey and Seazynn Gilliland who play teenage versions of the sisters immersed in 1990s grunge culture in their hometown of Calgary.

The first episodes will air on TIFF while the entire first season will debut on Prime Video in Canada on October 28.

Before the start of the development of the nostalgic series, Sara was already looking to the future. She began a fertility journey with her partner that spanned four years as he was stalled by COVID-19 clinic closures and other complications. Her partner gave birth on June 24, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.

As a sleep-deprived new parent, the timing made her consider many other women who lack childcare, financial security, and other support systems.

Two months after the birth of her child, Sara shared the news on the duo’s Instagram account, posting an image that hid her son’s face.

She’s being cautious for now, keeping her name a secret as she considers how much of her personal life she wants to put out into the world.

“It’s a conversation I had with Tegan and with my partner,” she said.

“My instinct is to share very little because I want this (out) of the public domain. But on the other hand, I’m desperate to see other versions of what I’m doing and can’t seem to find them. she says, of queer representation.

She points out that those who don’t give birth often seem absent from the conversation, especially in LGBTQ families.

“I feel like that’s reason enough to, after careful consideration, share some of my experience,” she says.

Perhaps more than ever, the sisters are on markedly different trajectories in their personal lives, which they believe may seep into their professional work at some point.

Tegan brought home a border collie German Shepherd puppy during the pandemic and began fashioning a few TV presentations with other collaborators. Sara recently started shopping around her own concept for a separate series from her sister.

They welcome the suggestion of recording solo music projects in the coming years, which they admit they probably wouldn’t have seriously considered earlier in their careers.

Sara’s new role as a mom lingers amidst all of these possibilities.

The two discussed whether Sara should open her own Instagram account where she could foster a community interested in hearing about her adventures in motherhood and how she shares time with her child.

“I’m going to be able to show him things, drive him places and tell him about the world,” she said.

“Even silly things like I can’t wait to start swimming lessons with him. I can’t wait for his personality to develop.

She adds: “I’ve been messing with systems since I was a teenager and now I get a weird thrill about being in a video game and it’s called ‘Parenting’.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 10, 2020.

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