Hayley Kiyoko: Queer role model

25-year-old singer Hayley Kiyoko’s catchy songs are hard to forget and she has an amazing voice but why is she such an important figure for LGBT teens?

Recently she has received much praise from fans on social media due to her LGBT themes in her music videos. Despite being bisexual, Hayley Kiyoko has been dubbed ‘queen of the gays’, and has become an important role model to people all over the world figuring out their sexuality.

Hayley Kiyoko is so important because not so long ago, even though the music industry has had numerous out singers and musicians, there wasn’t really any open representation for the LGBT community. Hayley is breaking through boundaries with her music videos and their completely unapologetic queer themes. ‘Girls like Girls’ became something of an anthem to LGBT teens when the video was released in 2015, the video being about two girls, one (Sonya) with a boyfriend (Trenton), the other one (Coley) is interested in the girl with the boyfriend. Eventually, the Sonya realizes that she likes Coley, when Trenton is apprehended because he was shouting at his girlfriend and being aggressive. It ends with the Coley smiling because she got the girl. One of the reasons it has been such a hit in the queer community is because the video and its ending is the story that so many queer girls would love to have. Through the video it is a constant reminder to young girls that it is okay to like other girls.

Another reason Hayley is such a massive influence is how regularly she stresses that it is going to get better for teenagers growing up and going through tough times, and with her recent song and music video; Gravel To Tempo, she provides entertainment with important messages to be yourself, and not care what others think. At an age where teenagers are already developing insecurities about their bodies and focusing on their flaws, it can be even harder for someone who is learning that they are different than the other people around them, and it can be a daunting experience, having to admit these new realizations to yourself. Having a role model like Hayley Kiyoko to look up to is a way for young people in the LGBT community to feel secure in themselves and proud of their sexuality in the way that they should.

But also, not only has she become a role model for her unapologetic attitude to people who scorn her sexuality, and inspiring views that more people should be following, her music and videos provide great entertainment that has social media sites like Tumblr losing their mind, and it’s also a good natured way of normalizing LGBT relationships into everyday life, and to always remind you to that ‘the only validation you need is yourself’.

You can download her new EP ‘Citrine’ from iTunes now.