Tegan and Sara’s new music video “Faint of Heart” spotlighted young, queer individuals celebrating the impact of music icons like David Bowie, Madonna and Prince.
In the video, young people of varied identities compete in a lip-synching contest posing as popular musicians. They are coached by notable transgender activists Jen Richards, Angelica Ross and Laura Zak.
“I Am Cait” castmember Ella Giselle portrays Madonna, intersex and trans dancer Dominic Ravina plays Elvis Presley, speaker Tyler Ford is Prince, Cooper Treibel is David Bowie and Olabisi Kovabel is Grace Jones.
Tegan and Sara are also portrayed by trans activist Eli Erlick and trans girl Ni Ching-Marino respectively.
“Faint of Heart” director Devon Kirkpatrick identifies as non-binary and explained in an interview with Autostraddle why it was important to have this cast.
“As a non-binary director myself, it’s important to me to be a part of creating opportunities that highlight the talents of the LGBT and specifically trans and GNC community. To cast trans and GNC young people as icons that helped to push the gender binary was especially gratifying. We cast two queer-identified trans girls as Tegan and Sara themselves. It felt especially important to create a space that reflects inclusiveness,” Kirkpatrick says.