Last night, Lesbian Jesus brought Jesus on stage in New York City.
On Wednesday night, the fifth annual Ally Coalition Talent Show swept through the Town Hall stage in New York City, featuring big names like Kiyoko, Bleachers, and Lana Del Rey. The “Curious” singer had one giant trick up her sleeve, and fans were shocked when the pop star brought Taylor Swift out to join her on stage.
Kiyoko introduced the award-winning singer-songwriter as a “rising artist that just signed to Universal,” half of which is true. Earlier this year, Swift brought Hayley out on stage during a stop on the Reputation Stadium Tour to perform Kiyoko’s “Curious.” Returning the favor, the two women performed a stripped-down version of Swift’s song “Delicate,” with Taylor on the acoustic guitar.
Taylor Swift and Hailey performing at the Ally Coalition pic.twitter.com/vk5D2wgkCI
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The pop singers have both been strong advocates of each other’s work since March of this year when Kiyoko pointed out the industry’s homophobic bias. She told Refinery29, “I’ve had several music industry execs say ‘You’re doing another music video about girls?’ I was like, um, yea…Taylor Swift sings about men in every single song and video, and no one complains.”
Swift responded to Hayley’s comment on Tumblr, applauding the lesbian singer for her bravery in speaking out about her experiences. She wrote, “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.”
Both women have had an extraordinary year. Kiyoko released her debut album Expectations, full of queer bops and bangers. Swift recently signed a new record deal with UMG, signing on for five more albums. She also spoke out before the 2018 midterm elections, voicing her support for Tennessee’s Democratic candidates, and once more standing up for the LGBTQ community.
The Ally Coalition advocates for LGBTQ equality through tours and special events, with proceeds benefitting local LGBTQ organizations.