Ruby Rose and Jess Origliasso Split, Kehlani Is Queer
Plus, Is Cara Delevigne fueling Paris Jackson's self-destruction?
Kehlani: 'I'm Queer. Not Bi, Not Straight'
Kehlani set the record straight about her sexuality, and it’s not straight.
On April 22nd, the singer tweeted “cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer. not bi, not straight. i’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions?” It certainly does. Later in the thread, Kehlani tweeted that she’s least attracted to straight men, but then deleted the tweet following a stream of outrage from those oh so chill straight men. She followed up with “let’s play the “guess who’s the only people tweakin and offended about my tweets. HINT: it rhymes with “braight ben”. Way to slay, Kehlani.
Although the media hasn’t covered Kehlani’s queerness with any serious interest (SURPRISE) this isn’t the first time she’s spoken out about her sexual orientation. Last November, in an interview with MTV News, she said “I’m very openly queer. And I thought that my music lacked representation of how my actual life is, and I thought it was important to be myself fluidly, in my music and not just in my life... My art mimics my life...It’s only right that that’s what I make music about and that I’m able to put that out confidently.” Apparently, people still weren’t convinced, so Kehlani is going to keep repeating her queerness until the media and music industry acknowledge it. She’s refusing to sit pretty in the closet and even tattooed the word “fluid” on her throat to make her sexuality an unavoidable, permanent factor. Welcome to the crew, Kehlani. Another badass woman of color is here to represent queer women. Speaking of which...
Tessa Thompson Will Play Janelle Monáe’s Love Interest in Dirty Computer Visual Album
Janelle Monáe’s new album Dirty Computer will be accompanied by a 50-minute film about “star-crossed lovers in an authoritarian government.” In a new interview with the New York Times, Monáe said she hopes Dirty Computer will reintroduce fans to herself. “Right now I’m escaping the gravity of the labels that people have tried to place on me that have stopped my evolution,” she told the Times. “You have to go ahead and soar, and not be afraid to jump — and I’m jumping right now.” Janelle Monáe and frequent collaborator Tessa Thompson will play opposite each other, fueling rumors that the two women are involved romantically. Monáe didn’t exactly quash those rumors. From the profile:
“I asked Monáe what she thought of the internet’s speculation about her romantic relationship with Thompson. Watching her as she decided on a response was like watching a mathematician working out Fermat’s Last Theorem. Gears were churning; calculations were being made. Finally, she laughed, raised her eyebrows and deflected: “I hope people feel celebrated,” she said. “I hope they feel love. I hope they feel seen.” It was late into the evening, and I was conscious of how long we’d been talking — at least two hours — and let it drop. But the issue lingered for me, especially the more times I watched her film.”
Hot damn. While Monáe has always refused to label her sexuality, it’s safe to say the singer is openly in the realm of queer, pan, or bisexuality. She’s frequently referenced her attraction to women. Tessa Thompson has never discussed her sexuality or referenced an attraction to women. But she’s also played several bisexual roles and been a frequent proponent of LGBTQ rights. Could the two be dating? If so, what will the reaction be to one of 2018’s hottest actresses, and an African American one at that, dating a woman? Are they just being private? Or could there be a lingering fear from Tessa Thompson’s camp that dating a woman might diminish her prospects? It may be 2018, but the bias against queer women, especially queer women of color, is still a powerful factor in Hollywood. I think there’s more to this story than meets the eye and I’ll be on the lookout for further proof that the Thompson/Monáe love story is more than just wishful thinking.
Dirty Computer (the film) will air Thursday, April 26th on MTV and BET. The Dirty Computer album drops Friday, April 27th.
Ruby Rose Confirms Breakup with The Veronicas' Jess Origliasso Via Twitter
After two years, Ruby Rose and Jess Origliasso have split. Rose announced the split earlier this month on Twitter. Somehow this failed to be news on the gay and media websites, and it slid by me until today. I’m sorry for failing to stalk appropriately, but I’m also irritated that outlets don’t seem to care about lesbian relationships with the same attention they save for heterosexuals. Seriously, it’s news every time Amber Heard and Elon Musk are in the same room, but the split of two famous lesbians fails to merit even a headline? BULLSHIT. Anyways, according to Rose, the split was amicable, and no word on the real cause, leaving us to come up with our own reasons. Infidelity? Perhaps Ruby saw my picture on twitter and decided there’s no one but me. I’ll wait for her call. Here’s looking forward to Ruby Rose breaking hearts and stirring up trouble.
Paris Jackson’s Relatives Fear For Her After Recent Video Of Her Walking On Skyscraper Ledge, Blame Cara Delevingne
Paris Jackson is doing her best Girl, Interrupted impression and the world is watching with skepticism. It’s a familiar story: a beautiful, troubled young girl begins an affair with a sexy supermodel and slowly loses control, courting danger and scaring her family. It’s GIA, ya’ll. According to Page 6, Michael Jackson’s daughter’s antics began to concern her family in March, when Paris posted a video of herself (embedded above) walking along the ledge of a skyscraper, at one point nearly stumbling. Her companion? None other than rumored girlfriend Cara Delevingne. “She’s lost it. She really has.” A Jackson family relative told Page 6. “Everyone saw that video, and even though we all knew that she’s now OK, watching it was so traumatic that nobody wants to show it to either Katherine or Joe,” the relative said of Paris’ paternal grandparents. The Jackson family is worried Paris is heading for a “severe meltdown.”
The source is eager to blame Paris’s erratic behavior on new girlfriend Cara Delevingne. They admit that Jackson’s paternal grandparents disapprove of “same-sex” relationships while ignoring their unspoken financial stake in keeping Paris Jackson, heir of the Jackson fortune, under their thumb. I’m of two minds about this. On one hand, I think Paris Jackson is your standard slice of celebuspawn doing the generic sex/drugs/rock and roll routine so beloved by 20-year-olds around the world. Of course she’s being stupid and self-destructive. She has nothing else to do and nobody to tell her no. On the other hand, Paris Jackson has openly discussed her mental health issues, revealing suicide attempts, self-harm, sexual assault, substance abuse, and cyber-bullying. Her father was Michael Jackson for christ’s sake, a fucked up, famous, drug-addled, probable pedophile. The girl has issues. I really can’t bring myself to pity or worry about someone who has been given so much, but I do hope she and Cara don’t bring out the worst in each other. For all my love of Cara, she’s a rich kid with drug addict parents and more fame than she can handle. They’ve probably got all the same issues. It’s up to them if they want to self-destruct out of indulgent self-pity or enjoy the vast privileges life has bestowed upon them.
Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, Emma Gonzalez Headline Time’s 2018 Most Influential People List
Three LGBTQ women of color are celebrated in Time’s 2018 Most Influential People list. Lesbian Actress/Writer Lena Waithe, Trans activist and author Janet Mock, and bisexual gun violence activist Emma Gonzalez all scored a spot on the prestigious annual list. While most listicles are just that, lists, the Time Most Influential is a time-honored barometer of who our society is listening to. It’s a big win to see LGBTQ women of color counted among those defining and representing American culture in 2018.