Kehlani Opens Up About Being A Queer Musician And A Mom

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While speaking with The Advocate magazine for a cover story, R&B singer Kehlani opened up about being a queer musician and a mom.

The singer said she recognizes how their "straight and cisgender presenting" privilege has played a part in finding success.

"I have a lot of privilege," Kehlani said, adding, "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 them," Kehlani added. "It's tougher for trans artists. It's tougher for Black gay men. It's tougher for Black masculine gay women."

Speaking about raising Adeya Nomi (aged 2), whom she shares with guitarist Javie Young-White, Kehlani said, "All my friends, all her aunties, uncles, her godparents, everybody is just loudly queer. Our generation already kind of broke the mold of getting to that point, so I don't even think our kids are going to think about it as something that they have to identify and differentiate. I feel it should be normal."

"We'll be reading queer stories, queer books where the baby has two dads, two moms, two parents who don't identify as either. Movies that have that," she added. "She sees healthy queer couples. So, I don't think that she's going to even think about it as 'This is different from normal.'"

Kehlani had identified herself as "queer" in 2018 but did not speak about her own personal life then.

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