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Hayley Kiyoko’s new video with Kehlani is the lesbian story America needs right now

Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani
Hayley Kiyoko and KehlaniPhoto: Screenshot/YouTube

Hayley Kiyoko’s new video tells a story about a young woman who leaves a homophobic home for another woman… who isn’t sure how committed she is to the relationship.

“What I Need” opens with Kehlani arguing with someone as Kehlani packs and says she’s going to travel with her “best friend.”

“Do you think I’m fucking stupid and I don’t know that’s more than just a best friend?” the other person asks.

She and Kiyoko hang out, drink, party, with the exact nature of their relationship unclear until the end of the video.

“Never before have I seen a mainstream pop artist this dedicated to providing women who love women with the kind of representation straight people are used to,” wrote Mey at Autostraddle. “This is a radically queer video that makes me feel entirely seen.”

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