Words matter. JoJo Siwa was forced to clarify comments in which she said she doesn’t like the word “lesbian.”
Jojo Siwa, who is openly gay, recently told Yahoo! Life that she doesn’t like the term. However, in a TikTok video, she insisted that it’s a matter of phonetics, not definition.
“I never said that lesbian was a dirty word and I never, ever would say that it’s a dirty word because it is not,” she said on TikTok. “It is not a bad word, it is not a slur, and it is especially not a word that I am ashamed of saying or ashamed of identifying as by any means.”
Jojo Siwa Does Not Hate The Word
She continued, “I don’t hate the word lesbian. Whenever someone talks to me about my sexuality I just say that I’m gay. It’s not the word that flows off the tongue for me, if that makes sense.”
After the Yahoo! interview, the “Dance Moms” alum confused her fans after saying “lesbian” is “just like a lot,” adding that she feels the word is too often associated with masculinity.
“You can be queer and be girly. I think that’s a thing, is a lot of times ‘lesbians’ are taken to be masculine,” she said. “If you’re a lesbian you’re supposed to be, do you want to be a boy? That’s not the case. There are plenty of very feminine lesbians.”
JoJo Siwa, 19, came out as gay in January 2021. Soon after, she announced that she was dating Kylie Prew. The duo has been off and on since.