Kehlani talks about her sexuality and privileges after coming out as a lesbian

Kehlani is opening up about her identity after confirming her sexuality over Easter weekend. In the April / May issue of Lawyer, the singer became candid about her sexuality, gender, and the privilege she claims to have as a “straightforward” person.

“I am very privileged,” Kehlani says of the advantages she feels she has as a “cisgender presenter, direct presenter” person in a world and industry that is still very heteronormative.

The mom and the musician adds, “I think a lot of artists that we talk about and say, ‘Oh, they had to come out of the closet or they had to do this,’ a lot of them can’t hide it. A lot of it.” is very [much] in how they are presented. It is more difficult for them. It’s harder for trans artists. It is more difficult for black gay men. It’s harder for black male gay women. “

Kehlani took to Twitter in 2018, but told the magazine that she never felt the need to do so in her private life.

“I didn’t even have to come out of the closet in my private life,” he explains. “I don’t walk down the street and people look at me and say, ‘Oh, I bet he’s a queer.’ Or, ‘I bet he likes women,’ or something like that because of the way I present. That’s quite a privilege. and I think there are quite a few artists who were really on the cutting edge but weren’t able to take the steps that I was able to achieve by being 100 percent myself due to the way they present themselves and the prejudices and phobias of the American public and the world. … I’ve been lucky, very lucky. “

The singer, who uses the pronouns she / them, is unapologetic about her identity and hopes she can have more learning moments with those in past generations who may have different points of view.

“Beyond being celebrated, we get a lot of education from each other,” Kehlani says of today’s generation of more open and free music artists. “There are so many people willing to have conversations that people who don’t understand can potentially understand. A lot of people are willing to have learning moments. That’s amazing because so much … pain and anger in past generations have taken hold. not really understanding or not having access to educational moments. “

Outside of the music industry, the singer says she has learned more from the women in her life, fans, and transgender friends who navigate the gender spectrum on a daily basis.

“They do it so easily that it’s almost easy for people who don’t know them,” he says. “I have so many tranny friends, mean, super rude bitches that I’m like, ‘I bet people think this shit is a walk in the fucking park because of how you get up and get out of the house every day and be this badass bitch.’ But I know it’s fucking difficult. “

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