The Queer Headliners panel at Thursday’s (Aug. 8) inaugural Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit discussed LGBTQ representation in music, uplifting their queer peers and spreading love through their platforms.
When asked by moderator Nolan Feeney the moment where the panelists first felt represented in pop culture, Hayley Kiyoko admitted she was “fangirling sitting on this couch.”
She was referring to fellow panelists Tegan and Sara, who she says “were cool and edgy but they still wrote really good music. They wrote bops!”
“I remember saying, ‘That’s me!’ I want to be cool, I want to do pop music and I want to write music people can’t get out of their heads,” she continued. “That opened the door for me to be myself.”
As for Tegan, she referred to the 1997 film, All Over Me, starring Leisha Hailey. “I wrote in my journal in all caps, ‘She is so hot!’ and it was really gay. I remember coming home and being like gay people can be cool.”