Kehlani opened up about life being relatively easy for her as a queer artist as she can control how she looks. While talking about her “straight passing privilege,” the songstress delved into the details of how she feels she has been lucky when it comes to being herself.
The 25-year-old singer came out as queer a few years ago and now identifies themselves with she/they pronouns. Kehlani talked about the struggles of trans artists while talking about her privilege and said:
"I have a lot of privilege," says Kehlani. "'Oh, they had to come out or they had to do this,' a lot of them can't hide it. A lot of it is very [much] in how they present. It's tougher for them. It's tougher for trans artists. It's tougher for Black gay men. It's tougher for Black masculine gay women."
Kehlani continued talking about the leverage she has over other queer artists and said:
"I don't walk down the street and people look at me and go, 'Oh, I bet she's queer' or 'I bet that she's into women' or anything like that because of the way I present."
The Nights Like This singer further talked about how she was able to make a bigger difference than artists who were at the forefront of it all because the biases of the world have put Kehlani at an advantage. She said that she been, “lucky, super lucky” when it comes to the privilege she owns.
Kehlani has a two-year-old daughter Adeya Nomi. The songstress is proud of raising her daughter in a “loudly queer” environment.
"All my friends, all her aunties, uncles, her godparents, everybody is just loudly queer. Our generation already kind of broke the mold of getting to that point, so I don't even think our kids are going to think about it as something that they have to identify and differentiate. I feel it should be normal,” she relayed.