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Hayley Kiyoko a.k.a. ‘Lesbian Jesus’ Came Out to Help ‘Normalise’ Sexuality

Hayley Kiyoko, aka ‘Lesbian Jesus’ says she wanted to reject the label of a lesbian but accepted it to help normalize the identity for others. 

Speaking to the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit Kiyoko stated: “My approach going into the industry was, 'They can’t know I’m gay' ... but I am gay”.

She adds, “I didn’t want a label at all, but once I released my music, there was this out pour of support for the fact that I did like girls. I learned that by embracing my label as a lesbian, I was helping normalise that for so many other people.”

Earlier this year in an interview with  i-D Magazine, Hayley recalls being encouraged to “tone down” her sexuality remembering “Girls Like Girls was too violent and too sexual for a lot of people to premiere”.

Speaking about her 2018 album cover ‘Expectations’, where she is seen sitting on a chair eyeing a naked woman she said “My sexuality, loving myself and expressing my love for others is not something that’s negotiable. There’s no toning that down because this is who I am and this is what I experience. I can’t change that.”

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