Taylor Swift launched openly lesbian singer Hayley Kiyoko into the mainstream on Thursday night by bringing her onstage at Gillette Stadium in Boston to duet on Kiyoko’s hit Curious, a song about having your heart broken by a bi woman.
“This is someone who I think is one of the most exciting new artists out here. And she’s here to play for you tonight,” Swift told the crowd.
“I’m really serious about this, it’s her first time in a stadium. Is it going to be the loudest stadium?”
Swift later posted on Instagram:
“UM @hayleykiyoko THAT WAS INSANE!, Thank you so much for coming to surprise the crowd tonight at @gillettestadium – THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!! So stoked this was your first stadium performance, and you absolutely killed it 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉.”
An understandably stunned Kiyoko wrote on Instagram: “DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COMPREHEND WHAT JUST HAPPENED. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU. @taylorswift #20gayteen
A few hours later Kiyoko posted on Instagram again, sharing how much this chance to bring her songs about same-sex love to a mainstream crowd means to her.
"It’s really hard to put into words how I feel and what just happened. I feel overwhelmed. Taylor, you reached out to someone who dreams of being heard and understood. Thank you for giving me one of the biggest gifts of my life, opportunity. And thank you for showing me that these crazy dreams of mine are possible. I couldn’t be more grateful. We keep climbing :)"
Swift is turning out to be quite the LGBT ally. In April she defended Kiyoko from criticism Kiyoko received for comments she made about Swift in an interview with Refinery29.
Discussing her experiences of homophobia in the music industry, the woman labelled Lesbian Jesus by her fans said: “I’ve had several music industry execs say ‘You’re doing another music video about girls? I literally looked at them and was like, um, yeah … Taylor Swift sings about men in every single song and video, and no one complains that she’s unoriginal."
Swift responded to the criticism of Kiyoko by stating that “We should applaud artists who are brave enough to tell their honest romantic narrative through their art, and the fact is that I’ve never encountered homophobia and she has. It’s her right to call out anyone who has double standards about gay vs straight love interests.”
Then, at the June 2nd Chicago concert for her Reputation tour, Swift gave a passionate Pride month speech while wearing a rainbow dress.
"It's very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any sense, in any situation, but it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that it might be met with adversity from society," she told the audience. "And so this month and every month I want to send my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to be honest about how they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify. And this is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we've come, but I think we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go."
And now she's singing along to these Kiyoko lyrics:
If you let him touch ya, touch ya, touch ya, touch ya, touch ya, touch ya (yeah) The way I used to, used to, used to, used to, used to, used to (yeah)
It's #20gayteen indeed.