As we celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander month and walk into June Pride celebrations, LA native Hayley Kiyoko graced her hometown with a stellar performance Tuesday night at the Wiltern.
Photos & Words by Asha Moné
The “Girls Like Girls” songstress, dubbed “Lesbian Jesus” by fans, Hayley Kiyoko, transformed the venue into a safe space for LGBTQ-identifying individuals and allies to be themselves, make friends, and sing their hearts out to all of her hits, including “Found my friends,” “Sugar at the bottom” and “Panorama.”
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“I just want to dance with you tonight” shone on the stage at the start of the performance, and Kiyoko made sure to deliver. It was a fantastic experience, watching fans light up with joy as they watched someone who looked like them be their authentic self onstage. Representation matters, and Tuesday night at the Wiltern was a reminder.
If you have seen Kiyoko’s social media, you are aware of her taking a stand against Tennessee’s drag ban at a tour stop earlier this month, as well as her continuous support of those fighting for their right to self-expression. In addition, Kiyoko made sure to have a resource table for LGBTQ individuals placed as soon as you walk into the venue, and I know fans were happy to see that. I have to applaud her for those stands. We need more activism in the music world.
Here is a photographic look into a memorable night of pop music, queer expression, and plain old fun.