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Kehlani, All Me / Change Your Life, 2020. Sony ATV Publishing

Kehlani has been open about being queer before, but now she’s sharing that she knows she’s a lesbian. Actually, she’s “gay gay gay gay gay,” according to her latest TikTok.

The “Nights Like This” singer previously clarified on Twitter in 2018 that she identified as “queer. Not bi, not straight.” In 2019, she also said she was “definitely on the non-binary scale” and she lists her pronouns on Twitter and Instagram as “she/they.”

Earlier this month the Grammy-nominated artist said in an Instagram Live that she’s a lesbian. On Thursday, she posted a TikTok video saying, “You know that video where […] I say ‘I finally know I’m a lesbian’?” Well, it’s fucking true.”

The 25-year-old singer from Oakland, CA has a two-year-old daughter with guitarist Javaughn Young-White. At the time in 2018, Kehlani said, “I started dating women before I ever dated men. Then I was lucky to find a partner who was a bisexual male. And he really understands my queerness and my fluidity, and I really understand his. It’s very awesome to be understood.” Kehlani and Young-White co-parent though they’re not together.

In the new TikTok video, Kehlani laments that when she told her family that she’s “gay, like gay gay” they said they already knew (“everyone knew but me”).

“Duh, you’re the only one who didn’t know, the fucking closet was glass,” she sums up their response, while saying she wanted a little bit of a dramatic reaction or a congratulations instead of a “duh.”






Sarah Prager
Sarah Prager
Sarah Prager is the Assistant Editor of Tagg Magazine and a writer living in Massachusetts with her wife and their two children. She is the author of the award-winning Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World, Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People Who Made History, and Kind Like Marsha: Learning from LGBTQ+ Leaders. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, NBC News, and many other outlets. www.sarahprager.com.