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The future is fluid. That's the message behind this pop duo's latest LGBTQ campaign.

Tegan and Sara teamed up with Wildfang for an awesome new campaign.

Tegan and Sara Quin want to show you the future — and if we're being honest, it looks pretty cool.

Late last year, the indie pop duo launched the Tegan and Sara Foundation as a vehicle for social change and LGBTQ issues. To further their goals, the famous twins and their eponymous foundation recently teamed up with the good people over at feminist clothing connoisseurs Wildfang for a campaign called "The Future is Fluid."

The social media campaign — centering around the #TheFutureIsFluid hashtag — is accompanied by a special collection of hoodies, T-shirts, pins, and jackets by Wildfang, with all profits from those sales go to the Tegan and Sara Foundation.


[rebelmouse-image 19532409 dam="1" original_size="750x500" caption="Tegan and Sara model some of the "The Future is Fluid" gear. All photos courtesy of Wildfang." expand=1]Tegan and Sara model some of the "The Future is Fluid" gear. All photos courtesy of Wildfang.

The Quins narrate the campaign's launch video, explaining what a fluid future looks like to them. Gender identity, expression, and sexuality are not always so easy to place into a box. Rather than seeing that as a problem, the campaign suggests we should embrace the in-between and outside of these traditional boundaries.

The campaign video features people from a variety of genders and sexual orientations.

Hailee, a 19-year-old model and artist, identifies as gender neutral, occasionally gender fluid, participated in the launch video to help illustrate that identity can exist along a spectrum.

Hailee.

Ruby, a fourth grader, describes herself as a "proud feminist trans kid," and took part in the campaign to help push for a future where all people can be safe, supported, and accepted — even if they're not always understood.

Ruby.

A self-described queer fat femme powerlifting coach, Alex uses their gender to send "a fat middle finger at the status quo" and says they hope the future can be one "where everyone can experience joyful embodiment and boy liberation.

Alex.

Earlier this year, Trystan, a trans man, made news when he gave birth to a baby boy named Leo. For him, that was all part of the adventure of creating what he calls a "mosaic" of "the best parts of gender."

Biff, Trystan's partner of seven years, has a unique view on acceptability and his own gender journey, saying that true acceptance must be based on authenticity. The two accept each other for who they are, their authentic selves.

Biff, Trystan, Hailey, Riley, and baby Leo.

Nicasia took part in the campaign because she wanted to be able to express herself in the most true-to-form way possible. That feeling — wanting to be seen, wanting to be safe, wanting to be loved and accepted for who we are — is remarkable in how utterly unremarkable it actually is. You don't have to be any specific gender or have any specific sexuality to want to believe in a world where we're all given the opportunity to be our authentic selves — you just need to be human. The future is fluid, and it belongs to all of us.

Nicasia.

A lot of brands are increasingly looking toward diversity as an advertising strategy. With Wildfang, that's baked right into who they are as people and as an organization. The Tegan and Sara Foundation partnership is just the latest in a long line of socially-conscious campaigns from the Portland-based company.

Check out the awesome campaign launch video below.

Check out the video or Wildfang's website for more info about the campaign. For additional info on the Tegan and Sara Foundation and what they do, visit their website. Also, we were not paid to promote this; we just thought it was a really cool campaign.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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