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The SweetSexySavage queen Kehlani is making it known that not only does she put on and represent the LGBTQ+ community, but she gives back, too.

The queer singer and songwriter has partnered with Fashion Nova to donate $50,000 to LGBTQ+ charities and groups across the United States this year. Each location was given $5,000.

The organizations span across the country, including Boston GLASS (Gay & Lesbian Adolescent Social Services), Minneapolis’ Reclaim Center, Nashville’s Oasis Center, Detroit’s Ruth Ellis Center, Florida’s Metro Wellness Program, and the Hetrick-Martin Institute of New Jersey. Many of these centers play a huge part in giving LGBTQ+ teens a safe space to thrive and feel safe. The donations provided will help offer so many important resources to keep the LGBTQ+ youth programs running, provide free mental health support, housing for homeless teens, and offer free testing resources.

The “Honey” songstress has been open about dating women since 2017 and officially came out as queer on Twitter in April — but this isn’t the first time that Kehlani has given back to her communities. During her 2017 SweetSexySavage Tour, she collected goods for donation to local women’s shelters in each city. But if anything, the statistics show that her contributions are incredibly necessary.

According to a study in 2017 by the Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy, 20-40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+. While there are few statistics available on the LGBTQ+ youth of color experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ+ homeless youth tend to be disproportionately kids of color. Many of them also face a disproportionately high discipline rate in school settings, are more likely to attempt suicide, and are at increased risk for HIV and AIDS. Many of the organizations that Kehlani donated to will help reverse these statistics for the next generation of LGBTQ+ folks. Other celebrities within (and outside of) the community should definitely be taking notes.

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