- Kehlani came out as a lesbian during a friend’s Instagram live over the weekend.
- The singer previously identified as pansexual and has been open about her sexuality for years.
- “You wanna know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian,” she said on April 5.
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Kehlani came out as a lesbian over the weekend during a friend’s Instagram Live.
“You wanna know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian,” she said during photograph Jamie-Lee B’s Easter live stream.
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The singer and queer icon, who uses she/they pronouns, has always been open about being a member of the LGBTQ community and previously told Nylon she identified as pansexual. In 2020, she told Diva Magazine she identifies somewhere along the non-binary gender spectrum and changed the pronouns in her social media bios to she/they.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their support of Kehlani’s coming out, saying the representation from such a big artist is important.
“Not only is Kehlani a lesbian, they’re a she/they lesbian. Y’all don’t understand how seen I feel. Her music and lyrics I’ve always related to and ik now I’m just gonna connect even more,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
-Sam???? (@MlLFSEY) April 6, 2021
Kehlani recently explained while she has always been an openly queer artist, she has “cisgender-presenting, straight-presenting” privilege during an interview with the Advocate published on April 6.
“I have a lot of privilege,” Kehlani told the publication. “I think a lot of artists who we talk about and say, ‘Oh, they had to come out or they had to do this,’ a lot of them can’t hide it. A lot of it is very [much] in how they present. It’s tougher for trans artists. It’s tougher for Black gay men. It’s tougher for Black masculine gay women.”