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Rachel Charlene Lewis
January 26, 2017 5:21 pm

We may have made progress as a society when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation in some ways, but in others, we still have so far to go. As a result, queer celebs end up feeling a huge amount of pressure to be the “right kind” of queer celeb, as if there is such thing. Recently, the incredibly iconic Hayley Kiyoko opened up about just that, and we’re listening, because Hayley Kiyoko’s sexuality is hers and hers alone, and we’re glad she’s making this important point.

In a video posted to Instagram, she shared her struggle with dealing with criticism, saying that some people even go as far as to say she’s only singing about queer girls to “get views,” and other gross stuff that attempts to undermine her sexuality.

She captioned the video with some general wisdom that we definitely appreciate, writing,

Just a few months ago, Hayley Kiyoko’s sexuality became public knowledge when she talked coming out and queerness in this a piece for Paper Magazine, writing,

And if you haven’t heard “Girls like Girls,” you seriously have to. It’ll change your world.

Her own struggle with her sexuality is a huge part of why she’s working so hard to be open, now. She continued, writing,

And she’s done just that. We look up to Hayley Kiyoko in a big way, and we stand with her. Sending nothing but love your way, superstar.

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