In a day and age where being LGBTQ+ is becoming more and more accepted, Kehlani feels women are still held back from exploring that part of themselves
With Pride Month well underway many celebrities and well known figures are stepping forward to discuss issues the LGBTQ+ community still faces and how they might be corrected. One such person is pop sensation Kehlani.
Kehlani recently did an interview with PAPER magazine which was part of their Pride Month cover story where she talks about how society seems to require women to fill out a binary when coming out, saying:
“There’s always this need to fill that binary outline out. That’s what stops a lot of people from stepping out and exploring their queerness — especially women, because they get nervous about what role they’ll be ‘taking on.’ Once they get through that, the world just opens up.”
Yesterday Kehlani went further in depth with the topic by making an Instagram post where she discusses how there are people who have it even worse than her and have to fight the good fight even harder, saying:
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i want to take the time to say thank you for all of the support, but also mention that when you call me brave, i have to credit those who inspire my “bravery” and who i consider to be more brave than i could ever be. as a non black passing, hetero passing queer person, i don’t get nearly as much shit as some. those who do are the very people who founded pride, who fight the hardest and deal with the most… black queer / black trans people. the most strong people i know, whilst being the most loving from my experience. thank you for your fight, i am an extension of your teachings and legacies, and only hope as i grow to honor those who inspire me, and give the credit where it’s truly due. i hope to only add ammo to this fight, and point my viewers and supporters in the direction of the ORIGIN. i love y’all. we love y’all, cuz you always loved us. bless! @papermagazine
Kehlani recently appeared in a music video and in the track itself for Hayley Kiyoko‘s new single “What I Need”.
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Watch: Hayley Kiyoko feat. Kehlani What I Need