Dannii Minogue’s Message To The LGBTQIA+ Community
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.“
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, 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.”
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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