Kehlani: 'I'm Queer. Not Bi, Not Straight'

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People reportedly keep asking Kehlani about her sexual orientation, and so on Sunday afternoon, she decided to clear the air. “[i]’m queer. not bi, not straight,” she tweeted. Everybody good?

Though some Twitter respondents said they were sad that Kehlani felt the need to clarify her sexual orientation, Kehlani said she didn’t feel pushed into it or anything, but wanted to make sure fans knew where she was at. “1. i love sharing 2. hopefully it aided someone in their own reality,” she tweeted. Somewhere in the thread, she added that she was least attracted to straight men, but later deleted the tweet, since straight men are so famously comfortable with being even the teensiest bit slighted:


As for why she identifies as “queer” rather than “gay,” Kehlani wrote, “i felt gay always insisted there was still a line drawn as to which ‘label’ of human i was attracted when i really jus be walking around thinking ERRYBODY FINE.”

This is not actually the first time Kehlani’s publicly described herself as queer. In an interview with MTV News in November, she discussed trying to incorporate more of her orientation and identity in her music. “I’m very openly queer. And I thought that my music lacked representation of how my actual life is, and I thought it was important to be myself fluidly, in my music and not just in my life,” she told interviewer Gaby Wilson. “My art mimics my life...It’s only right that that’s what I make music about and that I’m able to put that out confidently.”

Anyway, the full Twitter thread is a gem, if you want to take a look:


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4 comments in and 2 of them are already offended and correcting her self-identification through the lens of cis-heteronormativity.

I’m queer and I relate to this tweet. I don’t understand what the big deal is.