For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, dance-pop hitmaker Taylor Dayne shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
The first time I can remember being asked to do a "gay pride" performance it might have been 1988 or 1989. I was recording my second record by that time, Can’t Fight Fate, and with the early '87 and '88 launch of "Tell It To My Heart" and my first album I gained many gay club followers. Hell, you couldn’t walk into a drag club without seeing one queen or another doing a mean version of “Tell It” or “Prove Your Love” and I loved it and I saw how open, honest and tough it was.
When drag queens and the gay community took notice of Taylor Dayne it was the greatest of flattery and I welcomed it. I had a big voice and now a bigger worldwide presence.