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Kehlani Is Pregnant And The Internet Is Singing All Of The Queer AF Bendiciones

Kehlani recently announced that she is four months pregnant and glowing and we’re all sending blessings on blessings.
The singer has been through some tough times, along with a suicide attempt just a few years ago. During her recovery, she got a tattoo that says “perdida y encontrada.” Since then, she has come out as queer and pansexual, dropped an entire debut solo album, and is now gleefully about to become a mother to a little girl.
Truth: She is still dealing with ignorance around queer folks but is using the internet to clap back. Check it.

First Kehlani teased us with the obvious expected news:

@kehlani / Twitter

Claro que si, that her collaboration with Cardi B “Ring” went platinum. When two Afro-Latinas come together, magic happens.

Kehlani is glowing with her pregnancy.

@kehlani / Twitter

Kehlani delivered the news in what could have been a line in “Ring.” Was it hard for you to “keep this on the low”? I’m screaming.

On Instagram, she wrote, “this was the HARDEST to hide.”

@kehlani / Twitter

Caption: “if you know me, you know i’ve dreamt about motherhood since i was very young. when asked what my goals are, it’s always the idea of a big healthy happy family & whatever comes along is a plus . i am so honored to be given this gift by spirit, creator, and an amazing partner whom i trust with my body and life.”

Which led the internet to wonder, who has Kehlani been partnering up with?

“i knew sharing something so personal and precious could bring stress into my world…”

@kehlani / Twitter

Kehlani continued in her Instagram post, “but there isn’t a word anyone would say my way that could take away from this. dearest little girl, i am so proud to be your mommy. i am so proud to have received you. i cannot wait to meet you, i know you will be 50,000 times more special than i can even imagine at this moment. i am happy to document this journey and feel the freedom any pregnant person should. i’m looking forward to sharing my little world with you all… my partnership with my very best friend and lover, our journey of conception, my choice for a natural home birth with my AMAZING midwives at @parteramidwifery and eventually… the little pumpkin! i am now a HOME. 4 months and counting with you, angel of mine. SHE DONT WANNN HIDE NO MO ???????????? we’re so ready for you mija!”

Now we know that she has been dying to tell us all for months.

@shaniatashae / Twitter

Yup. I’m not saying we should be sus of any celebrity with baby fever, but I am only my life experiences. I speak for the collective consciousness of the internet.

Twitter immediately started churning out pics of Kehlani with babies.

@kehlaniscookie / Twitter

She makes it look so good. The 23-year-old has climbed to artistic goals status and is ready to have all her dreams met. Que bella.

Celebrities came out in droves to support all of this.

@LaurenJauregui / Twitter

Queer Latina in arms, Lauren Jauregui was overflowing. Janelle Monáe, Missy Elliott, Jude and Shaun King are just a few. Oh, and all of you.

Queeros everywhere DGAF who the daddy is. We ship this.

@WISEONG / Twitter

I am just shocked that we don’t know who is the lucky human to be graced with Kehlani’s presence day in and day out. Te odio y te amo.

Okay, but now we know the dad is Javie Young-White.

@jaboukie / Twitter

The internet went ham on this. For a few months now, she’s been posting affectionate social media posts with Javie Young-White, her guitarist and brother of comedian Jaboukie Young-White.

Then, Kehlani retweeted Jaboukie’s gay uncle (i.e. guncle) tweet, confirming it all.

And somehow this confused the queer-illiterate.

@kehlani / Twitter

Biphobia is so last decade everyone. Just because a pansexual person is with someone of the opposite sex does not mean they are suddenly not queer. It erases an entire identity and life up until that moment. Her new baby daddy identifies as bisexual and we love that they’re able to relate to each other’s expansive sexualities and raise a child in a world so much bigger than we all grew up in.

Kehlani made the first clapback to bigots, but the LGBTQ community is coming through.

@5oshadesbrazy / Twitter

Have you opened your eyes lately? Celebrate love and life and do something about the rest.

For eight beautiful hours before confirming the father, we all got to dream a little that Hayley Kiyoko was the father.

@ghostsofvenom / Twitter | Hayley Kiyoko / YouTube

Tbh, queer hearts everywhere stopped when this theory was floated. Like, maybe she can’t be the biological father but she could still play a major role in the baby’s life.

Need we remind you of their collab on “What I Need”?

Hayley Kiyoko / YouTube

If you’re gay like me, you sobbed the moment these two finally came together to make out after a solid three minutes of incredible sexual tension that only queer people can give us. Or maybe being queer makes the tension more obvious and hetero tension boring?

Other baby daddy options also included Demi Lovato.

@aishadior7 / Twitter

We cannot forget the moment Kehlani surprised Demi Lovato on stage with a steamy kiss. Icons.

We don’t need a document to affirm Demi’s daddy status.

@oliwia02882087 / Twitter

She always has been and always will be. Look at that Daddy face, all serious, coño. I’m sweating.

Meet the actual father:

@yoncetangg / Twitter

Okayyyy, you cute, too, boo. More importantly, you are as evolved and loving as Kehlani needs and for that, we support you. But hurt our girl and we’re out for blood.

Plus, their baby is going to be beautiful.

@unlitblurry / Twitter

Okay, I resent when the first adjective we use to describe the value of a girl/womyn is beauty, but there is no denying that she will be B E A U T I F U L. More importantly, she will be creative, artistic, compassionate, brilliant and happy with these two for parents.

He is the only man she trusts.

@kehlani / Twitter

Kehlani alluded that she had a traumatic experience with a man that she isn’t ready to talk about yet, but that she is on a healing path. When she first came out, she stated on Twitter:

“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 papa hello good morning. Does that answer your questions?”

They are both lil poly pansexual papas now.

We’re giggling and screaming over here.

@KerenBenitez2 / Twitter

Because if you know Kehlani, you know she works her culo off. Te damos nuestros bendiciones, mamita linda!!

Although I’m still confused about why Hayley Kiyoko isn’t the daddy.

@elianaalicea / Twitter

Why were people confused about how she could be the father? Does she not scream daddy vibes? What am I missing here. Don’t tell me.


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Beauty Queen Who Was Abandoned At An Airport As A Baby Reconnects With Her Birth Mother 40 Years Later

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Beauty Queen Who Was Abandoned At An Airport As A Baby Reconnects With Her Birth Mother 40 Years Later

Like many adopted children, Elizabeth Hunterton grew up aware that her nonbiological parents loved her. According to a recent interview with the former beauty pageant queen, she also had many dreams and ideas of how she came to be one of millions of children to be adopted every year in the United States.

As a young girl, Hunterton spent her youth dreaming that she’d come from royalty and had “been lifted away on the talons of a majestic eagle.”

Eventually, she learned that the truth was far more personal and tragic.

In January 1980, Hunterton was abandoned at the gate of a Nevada airport by two pilots

“I was about 10 days old,” Hunterton explained to People magazine in a recent interview. “I grew up my entire life trying to figure out what I did in those 10 days that ultimately led to them saying, ‘Let’s just leave her at the airport.'”

While Hunterton was adopted into a home soon after her abandonment the beauty pageant queen says in the years after, she often lamented a part of her life that she felt was missing. Fortunately, after taking a 23andMe test this past August, Hunterton has connected with her biological mother for the very first time.

Having had little to work with in regards to finding her biological parents (this includes having no birthplace, birth date or race) made life difficult for her when she was younger.

“It was really through this process of finding my birth mother that I’m able to rewrite my narrative,” she explained in the interview with People. “I had really prepared myself to be rejected by both sides of my biological family… And It ended up being so much more beautiful than anything I could’ve written.”

Hunterton was raised by a white family and crowned Miss Nevada in 2004.

Despite having a happy and loving upbringing, Hunterton felt lost about the uncertainty surrounding her own race. According to People, she often wondered if “everyone from her friends to her Starbucks barista were somehow related to her.”

“When this all started unfolding, there were certainly points that I thought to myself, ‘Maybe I’ll just walk away now,’ because it just got hard,” she explained. Eventually, in 2018, DNA databases helped Hunterton track down her biological father. Unfortunately, she soon discovered that he had died in 2004, and had never known she had been born.

Soon enough her search brought her to 23andMe where her profile found a few hits in March. Eventually, Hunterton reached out to three different women hopefully that one of them would be a match. All three ultimately proved not to be a match and Hunterton decided to give up after so much disappointment.

“I pulled out my bucket list, crossed it off, wrote her name down, and that was it,” she explained before sharing that just as she began to change her focus back to raising her 5- and 6-year-old sons, she received a ping for another connection. This time it came from a second cousin who offered to help put her in contact with her birth mother.

Hunterton soon learned that she had a Black father and a Japanese mother both of whom met at the Fort Ord military base. She also learned that she was born in a hospital in California and had not been intentionally abandoned.

“When I received her email, she shared that she wasn’t able to take care of me as she believed I deserved,” Hunterton explained to People. “Therefore, she gave me to her roommate who was supposed to take me to an adoption agency. When my birth mother was told that I was actually left at the airport instead, it took quite a toll.”

Hunterton explained because of her connection to her biological mother she was able to track down her birth certificate.

In an emailed statement to People Hunterton’s biological mother explained that at first she was “surprised, scared and truly overwhelmed” by the idea of meeting her daughter.

“I was shocked to hear from her and by the amount of research she did. It was all very overwhelming and brought back a lot of painful memories,” her biological mother who remains anonymous to People but shared that she is 65-year-old explained. “However, it’s also a tremendous blessing to find out what a strong and wonderful woman she turned out to be. One day, when we’ve all healed a bit more, hopefully, we’ll be able to meet.”

“She has such a good heart,” Hunterton explained of her mother. “We exchange occasional emails and texts and holiday niceties. But the good thing is, I have a mom. I don’t need to put any unfair, unrealistic expectations on her. I just give her permission to be exactly who she is and it’s perfect.”

“She’s now giving herself permission to live her life and it’s actually pretty beautiful,” Hunterton went onto explain of her biological mother. “She says, ‘All my hopes and dreams are in you. I never thought that anybody that looked like you could come from me, somebody that’s poised and eloquent and successful. Those are just things that never happened for me. But here you are.’ So now she’s living her life, and it’s pretty beautiful to watch her heal and kind of come to life… I think that was a really beautiful way for the story to unfold, that in the end, it flowed so beautifully, both through my mom, myself and my birth mother. It really kind of unified all three of us in different ways. But it was all I could’ve ever hoped for to hear from her.”

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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

Don’t call it a total cancellation.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has made the decision of their own accord to no longer publish or license six of the books written and illustrated by the writer Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel. The American children’s author who passed away in 1991 was also a political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. His first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), and his book  If I Ran the Zoo (1950) are among the books being pulled as a result of racist and insensitive imagery.

On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises shared a statement on their website explaining their decision to cancel the publication of the books.

Citing the four other books including McElligot’s Pool (1947), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953), On Beyond Zebra! (1955) and The Cat’s Quizzer (1976) the company explained that they came to the decision citing the fact that they each “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” explained the statement.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is a company that, according to Time Magazine, works to preserve and protect “the legacy of the late author and illustrator, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, also noted in the statement that the decision was made over the past year with a panel of experts, including educators, academics, and specialists in the field, who reviewed the catalog of titles.”

Children’s books by Dr. Seuss have long been considered a classic contribution to children’s literature.

The books’ colorful and fun illustrations and rhymes are still to this day instantly recognizable. Recently, however, the writer’s work has been re-examined and scrutinized for racial caricatures and stereotypes. This is especially when it comes to the depictions of Black and Asian people. Many have also pointed out that before he was known as Dr. Seusss, Geisel’s work had been strongly criticized for “drawing WWII cartoons that used racist slurs and imagery, as well as writing and producing a minstrel show in college, where he performed in blackface—a form of entertainment that some children’s literature experts point to as the inspiration for Geisel’s most famous character, the Cat in the Hat.”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s announcement of their decision to pull these books coincided with the anniversary of the writer’s birthday.

Geisel’s birthday coincidentally comes at the same time as National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which has long been attached to his books,

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