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Singer L Devine says parents feared she would ‘corrupt’ their daughters into becoming lesbians

Lily Wakefield June 1, 2021
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L Devine described the "shame" she experienced around her sexuality as a teenager. (Instagram/ ldevinemusic)

Singer-songwriter L Devine has said that after coming out, parents feared she would “corrupt” their daughters into becoming lesbians.

The 23-year-old came out as a lesbian when she was 17, just two years before she released her debut single “School Girls”.

As Pride month begins, she told Metro’s Guilty Pleasures that even as a teen she experienced homophobia form adults.

Devine said her song “Daughter” is about “the homophobia I experienced in my first relationship”, and added: “There were a few instances with parents not wanting me around their daughters in fear that I would ‘corrupt them into being a lesbian’.

“When you’re 17, and fully grown adults – people you see as authoritative figures – are shaming you, it’s seriously damaging.

“At the time, I genuinely thought I had done something wrong.”

Now older, she said she is finally able to reflect on the “shame” she she suffered from when she was a student at Newcastle High School For Girls.

She continued: “As I get older, I realise how much shame I was carrying around my sexuality as a child/ teenager, and how that continues to affect me in my adult life, which I think a lot of queer people can relate to.”

Although she received no help from teachers when she was younger, she said “so much has changed” now.

Devine explained: “One of my favourite teachers at the school asked me to do a talk about sexuality and female empowerment.

“They’re doing so much for the LGBT+ community in the school now and that makes me really happy. If I can share my story and help others, then I feel like I tackled it eventually.”

Discussing her new song “Girls Like Sex”, she added: “I wanted to release it around Pride.

“I feel like queer icons and queer artists are always the ones who aren’t afraid to talk about taboo topics in a fun way.”

Related topics: coming out, L Devine, lesbian

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