Kylie Minogue has revealed she used to go out to gay bars for Kylie nights – but would often be outdone by her dedicated gay fans.
Minogue gushed about her “organic love affair” with her many LGBT+ fans during a recent appearance on Jessie Ware’s podcast Table Manners.
She told the British singer she realised she had a massive queer following “almost from the beginning” of her career.
“Maybe 1990, something like that, I was in Sydney working… and we were passing by Oxford Street where the most famous gay clubs are, and someone said, ‘Oh, there’s a Kylie night on tonight’, and I’d never heard of such a thing.
“I was like: ‘A what?’
“They said it was happening at the Aubrey, and I was like: ‘Let’s go!'”
Sadly, Minogue didn’t party with her queer fans that night after her manager refused to comply.
“That was the first time I became aware of it being something,” Minogue said.
“I have been to Kylie nights since and I am the least Kylie of all the Kylies, it’s hilarious.
“The best example of that was maybe the mid-90s… I ended up at this gay bar because it was Kylie night, and there’s pictures of us, four Kylies – big Kylies – and then me, who just looks like I shouldn’t be there.”
Minogue said she never marketed herself to the LGBT+ community, but said queer fans quickly came flocking after she released her debut album in 1988.
“That’s where it started, and it’s been an organic love affair ever since.”
Kylie Minogue has been a staunch LGBT+ ally throughout her career and has fought for same-sex marriage.
Kylie Minogue is widely loved by the LGBT+ community, and she has been a vocal advocate for queer rights throughout her long career.
In 2016, she announced that she would not be marrying her then-fiancé Joshua Sasse until same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.
Speaking to the New York Post in 2018, she said it feels “natural” to her to be considered a gay icon.
“I’m asked about it a lot, and don’t really have the answer,” she said.
“I could say it feels great, which it does, but more importantly to me it feels natural.”
She also said the queer community have stood by her through thick and thin. “I think they felt a bit protective of me,” she said.
“There’s no judgement – just support.”