WOMEN UNDER 30: Hayley Kiyoko (USA)
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Have you heard of “Lesbian Jesus” Hayley Kiyoko? She’s a singer, songwriter, actress, and music video producer… and in 2016, she came out to the public as gay!


She said she has known she was attracted to girls since she was just six years old, but had so much fear and intimidation about coming out and getting rejected. She came out to her family in middle school, and eventually she came out to the public. She uses her music and her videos to share her story with the world, and to normalize LGBT relationships.


Hayley is iconic because she has used her platform as a world famous artist to bring awareness to LGBT issues. She strategically collaborates with brands on campaigns about human rights and representation, has publicly participated in Pride parades, and dedicates her awards and accomplishments to queer women of color. She even produced one of her music videos all about violence against trans women. 


Hayley helps all of us realize that our stories matter. We have all overcome obstacles and broken through barriers in our own lives and in our personal stories, and when we are able to be vulnerable in sharing them with others, we can make connections to help each other. There are so many things in this world that we don’t talk about enough, which makes everyone going through such similar things, face them alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and when we share our stories with the world, we can reach so many other people in a meaningful, empowering way!


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