Dannii Minogue has spoken about her long history as a proud ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.
In a ‘Rainbow Party’ episode of her 90s podcast Dannii recalls breaking ground by playing UK club G.A.Y 30 years ago. It was a time when many pop artists feared being connected to the club due to how the mainstream media would react.
“I’m proud to say I was the first artist asked to perform at the famous club GAY by the promoter Jeremy Joseph. I immediately said yes because this was a club that loved and supported pop music. The crowds were always heaving and it was such a vibe.“Dannii Minogue
This was the 90s, a time when artists that performed there were immediately and publicly questioned about their sexuality. The mere act of performing there on stage started the rumour mills.
“Over the years I gradually saw this process break down and change and it became the place for pop music promotion but it took years. This [venue] was a game changer in creating a safe place for everyone to enjoy pop music and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.”Dannii Minogue
Dannii, who’s sister Kylie will perform at World Pride in Sydney, threw her support behind Sydney’s Mardi Gras party.
“I’ve been to this event in the past, I’ve performed at it and I will always champion it because I think it’s such a wonderful celebration of a community that has welcomed myself and countless others with open arms.”Dannii Minogue
Hear the full episode, including interviews with Darren Hayes, k.d. lang, Boy George and a member of the original Mardi Gras 78’ers exclusively on LiSTNR.
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