One of the few female superstars in the highly competitive and male dominated music industry, she is, in no particular order, an internationally known DJ (whom Madonna hired to DJ her own wedding in Scotland); the owner of a record label (Ferosh Records), through which she worked with such artists as Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, and Cyndi Lauper; and an out lesbian who has devoted both professional and personal time to various LGBT causes.
Most recently, Young became a tabloid star, as a result of her purported liaison with Kim Zolciak, the big haired blonde star of Bravo reality show entitled "Real Housewives of Atlanta Star: ‘Yes, I’m Bisexual’," saying "I don’t lie.
We became very very close and we quickly connected on a very emotional level. When the news first broke, Kim denied that there was a sexual or romantic component to what she termed your "friendship".
Despite our differences we had, and have, a lot of things in common. And, while you didn’t flat out deny the stories, you did tend to hedge or be really vague in response to press queries on the subject.
I want to get the message out that there are gay people in this world and that being gay isn’t a choice or a sentence for a lifetime of unhappiness. I don’t want to and I can’t speak for her; she’s her own person.
But I will say that I think she’s brave and amazing.
You have, at times, used your professional standing to help advance issues within the gay community. TY: I’ve been out in this community for a long, long time and I have used my position over the years to support a variety of causes, including LGBT causes.
For instance, I have DJed a lot for GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and worked the [Miami] White Party, an HIV/AIDS charity, for many years.
TY: I am very concerned that younger gay people who may already be having a difficult time with their identity or with how they are treated are bombarded with messages of shame or disapproval about homosexuality from some mainstream and tabloid media outlets, and this in turn affects their self esteem and overall happiness. I didn’t get a chance to tell my family in my own time and at first they took it badly. What do you have to say to cynics out there who still doubt the authenticity of your relationship with Kim?
I want to help and inspire younger gay people to become comfortable with their decisions, with how they choose to lead their lives. TY: Simply put, I don’t think that anybody would use [being gay] as a publicity stunt. There aren’t exactly that many straight people out there pretending to gay, especially among people in the public eye. What woman would choose to fall in love with another woman at a time and in a world where it’s still not fully accepted, when there can be discrimination and at times major consequences, especially within families?
I’ve also donated my time to non-LGBT causes, particularly animal rights and breast cancer funding; I’ve lost several loved ones to breast cancer, so that one is especially close to my heart.