Kehlani Responds to LGBTQ Fans’ Disappointment Over Her Pregnancy

Singer Kehlani was shocked by the negative reaction from her LGBTQ fanbase after announcing her pregnancy.

“I’ve gotten everything from, ‘I thought she was a lesbian’, to, ‘She was using queerness to promote her career, then went and betrayed us with a man’, to, ‘Her baby father is just a sperm donor’,” the singer tells Nylon magazine. “I never identified as a lesbian. I’ve always been pansexual. My first mixtape included songs about males, and songs about women.”

“I never woke up and decided to be the ‘queer icon’ of the century. Having so much attention on me outside my art already gives me enough anxiety. There are people out there in this community fighting for equality in realer ways than making songs about it and performing at events like I am.”

She adds, “I also saw a lot of discomfort with the use of the word ‘queer’, hinting that it’s used for folks to run away from identifying with a more ‘solidified’ term, like bi/lesbian/gay/pan,” Kehlani adds. “My response is, ‘Whatever makes you feel your safest, in your truest identity, you should identify as such without being policed by the same community you are supposed to feel most safe with.’ ”

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